An Indianapolis Colts player died after being struck by an allegedly drunk driver on Interstate 70 early this morning.
Indiana State Police say that 26-year-old Edwin Jackson, of Atlanta, Ga., and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon were killed at just before 4 a.m. Sunday morning after being struck while standing on the side of the Interstate near Holt Road.
State police say that Monroe was a ride-share driver and Jackson, his passenger. According to investigators, after the passenger became ill, the driver pulled over and got out of the vehicle to assist the passenger.
That was when they were hit by a pickup truck that drove onto the shoulder, striking the car and both Jackson and Monroe. One of the victims was thrown into the center lane of Interstate 70, where he was hit by further traffic including a state police patrol car.
The driver of the truck, 37 year old Alex Cabrera Gonsales of Indianapolis, allegedly ran from the scene. State police believe he was intoxicated and was driving without a license. He was taken to the Marion County Jail and a test for intoxication is pending.
Westbound I-70 was closed at Holt Road until about 11 a.m.
Jackson, a linebacker, was signed in 2015 and sat out this season with an injury. The Colts released a statement:
“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing. Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality. He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths, and he will be greatly missed in our locker room and throughout our entire organization. We also understand that another person lost his life in the accident, only adding to our sorrow on this day. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time.”