IndyStar Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson was one of two people killed early Sunday after being struck by a suspected drunken driver along Interstate 70. According to the Indiana State Police, the crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday along the westbound lanes of I-70, just west of Holt Road. Police said Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon were standing near a stopped vehicle when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them both. Shortly after news of his death, the Indianapolis Colts showed their love for the 26-year-old player known to his teammates as “Pound Cake” with the following 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.” Investigators believe that Monroe was a ride-sharing operator who pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car to assist Jackson, 26, who became ill. “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.” Perrine said Mays then spotted the crash along the right side of the road and activated his emergency lights. “As he slowed to stop for the crash he struck the body of the victim in the center lane,” Perrine said in a statement. State police did not say which victim was struck. The driver of the pickup truck, identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales of Indianapolis, tried to flee the scene on foot. He was apprehended shortly after on the ramp to Holt Road by Mays, police said. “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.” Jackson, an inside linebacker originally from Atlanta, joined the Colts late in the 2015 season but did not appear in any games until 2016. That season, he played in all 16 games, starting eight. He was the team’s third-leading tackler that season, with 66 total stops. Jackson missed all of the 2017 after suffering an injury in the preseason that landed him on the injured reserve list. He had been rehabilitating during the offseason in Indianapolis in hopes of rebounding for the 2018 season.
Just horrible news on Super Bowl Sunday, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was one of two people killed by a drunk driver in Indianapolis last night, leaving the NFL community in shock right before the biggest game of the season. 26-year-old Edwin Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffery Monroe were standing on the shoulder near a vehicle when a black ford pickup truck driven by 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales ran onto the shoulder at a high rate of speed and smashed into the men, killing them both. One of the men was thrown into the roadway and was struck again by an officer responding to the scene. Alex Cabrera Gonsales fled the scene of the crash on foot, but was quickly apprehended, and arrested on suspicion of DUI, as well as driving without a license. It’s so sad, because despite missing the entire 2017 season while rehabbing an injury, Edwin Jackson was a big presence in the Colts locker room who was beloved by his teammates. If you are drinking, never get behind the wheel of a car, all it takes is a momentary lapse of judgement and now two families are mourning loved ones taken by YOUR horrible decision making. Come on people, it’s the age of Uber and Lyft, get your car in the morning and call a cab. You are better than this. Rest In Peace Edwin Jackson. You’re family, and the NFL family, are in our thoughts today. If you’re at a Super Bowl today, and have a few beers, please call a cab.