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Posted: February 04, 2018

Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson killed by drunk driver, police say

NFL Player Edwin Jackson Reportedly Killed By Drunk Driver

By Joseph Nardone, Fanbuzz

Edwin Jackson, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, was killed early Sunday morning by a suspected drunk driver, according to police.

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Jackson, as well as another victim, were on the side of the highway when a truck struck the two men around 4 a.m., according to the Indianapolis Star.

Jackson, an undrafted linebacker out of Georgia Southern, played in all 16 games with 8 starts, recording 66 tackles in 2016 for the Colts. This past season, he was on the injured-reserve list.

"We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality," the Colts said in a release. "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."

Indianapolis State Police said Jeffrey Monroe, 54, a ride-share operator, stopped his vehicle on the side of the road after Jackson had become ill, according to NFL.com. They were standing outside of it when the pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them.

"One of the people struck was thrown into the center lane of I-70,” Sgt. John Perrine said in a statement. “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.”

Alex Cabrera Gonsales, 37, the driver of the vehicle, tried to escape the scene of the accident on foot. He was later apprehended by authorities.

“It is believed Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license,” Perrine said in a statement. “He was transported to the Marion County Jail, the result of the test for intoxication is pending.”


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Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson killed by drunk driver, police say

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Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson killed by drunk driver, police say

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts leaves the field after the game against the Buffalo Bills on August 13, 2016 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Indianapolis defeats Buffalo 19-18. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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  Fashion designer Kate Spade dies
  Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey dies 
  Musician Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers dead at 79
  ‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74
  ‘M*A*S*H’ actor David Ogden Stiers dead at 75
  'Mini-Me' actor Verne Troyer dead at 49
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  Stephen Hawking dead at 76: Celebrities, public figures, scientists pay tribute
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  Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies drinking whiskey, complaining about Oscars
  Former NBA player Rasual Butler, wife killed in car crash
  Moody Blues co-founder Ray Thomas dead at 76
  Blues, R&B singer Denise LaSalle dead at 78
  Motorhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke dead at 67
  Legendary sportscaster Keith Jackson dead at 89
  Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46
  ‘Oh Happy Day’ singer Edwin Hawkins dead at 74
  Jim Rodford, bassist for The Kinks, dead at 76
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  Aretha Franklin dies at 76
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