Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson died early Sunday morning after he was struck by a suspected drunken driver. A 54-year-old passenger was also killed in the accident, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Jackson, who was 26, appeared in all 16 games, including eight starts, for the Colts in 2016 before spending last season on injured reserve. The Georgia Southern product and Atlanta native entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Cardinals in 2015.
According to the Indiana State Police, Jackson and Jeffery Monroe were standing near a stopped vehicle on the side of Interstate 70 early Sunday morning when a black Ford F-150 drove onto the shoulder and hit them. Police believe Monroe was a ride-share driver who exited his car to check on an ill Jackson.
Alex Cabrera-Gonsales, 37, was the driver of the pickup truck. He attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended by police.
"It is believed Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license," Sgt. John Perrine said in a statement via the Star. "He was transported to the Marion County Jail, the result of the test for intoxication is pending.
"One of the people struck was thrown into the center lane of I-70," said Perrine. "Shortly after the crash, and before any 911 calls were received, Trooper Ty Mays was driving through the area and noticed a vehicle in front of him make an evasive maneuver to the left.
"As he slowed to stop for the crash he struck the body of the victim in the center lane," Perrine said."
The Colts confirmed Jackson's death in a statement Sunday afternoon.
"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.”