Indy Star- 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.
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.”
On a day where everyone is excited about football and talking about the game, a story like this dropping out of the blue hits hard. Obviously someone dying in such a senseless, tragic way is always tough to swallow. But that’s especially the case when you have people that knew Edwin talk about how good of a person he was.
To everyone going out tonight and drinking, please be smart and get an Uber/taxi instead of driving home like a complete asshole. For the safety of yourself and everyone else.