Suspect charged in drunken-driving crash that killed Colts' Edwin Jackson


A man suspected of killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver in a drunken-driving crash over the weekend was formally charged Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

>> Read more trending news

Manuel Orrego-Savala -- a 37-year-old Guatemalan man who was living illegally in Indiana, according to police -- was charged with four felony counts in connection with the crash that killed Edwin Jackson, 26, and Jeffrey Monroe, 54, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Orrego-Savala pleaded not guilty Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

His attorney, Jorge Torres, told a judge Wednesday morning that Orrego-Savala was distraught and confused by the charges against him, the AP reported. He said that Orrego-Savala has lived in Indiana for years and did construction work in the Indianapolis area.

>> Related: Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson killed by drunk driver, police say

He added that Orrego-Savala’s immigration status has nothing to do with Sunday’s crash, according to the AP.

Police said Orrego-Savala, who also goes by the name Alex Cabrera Gonsales, was in the United States illegally, despite being deported twice before – once in 2007 and again in 2009. On Tuesday, federal authorities charged Orrego-Savala with illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien, according to the Star.

Nicole Alberico, spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told the Star that authorities believe Orrego-Savala came to the U.S. illegally in about July 2004. He was convicted in 2005 of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Redwood City, California, she said.

He was deported by authorities in San Francisco in both 2007 and 2009, Alberico told the Star. It was not immediately clear why he was in Indiana.

Indiana State police arrested Orrego-Savala early Sunday after authorities said he drove a pickup truck onto the emergency shoulder on a stretch of Interstate 70 in Marion County, hitting a car that had pulled off the shoulder. Officials said Monroe and Jackson were outside of the car and killed in the crash.

Jackson, an undrafted linebacker out of Georgia Southern, played in all 16 games with eight 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."

Orrego-Savala is expected to appear in court March 21 for a pre-trial hearing, according to the Star.

Fanbuzz contributed to this report.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

EXCLUSIVE: Citing fatal flaws, Texas starts over on rare lizard-protection plan
EXCLUSIVE: Citing fatal flaws, Texas starts over on rare lizard-protection plan

In 2012, alarmed that the federal government’s move to protect a small reptile could cripple the oil and gas business, Texas unveiled its own plan to look after the dunes sagebrush lizard and its habitat in the middle of the petroleum-rich Permian Basin. Unlike other states, in Texas species protection falls to the head financial officer. The...
Historical marker honors story of formerly enslaved Austin residents
Historical marker honors story of formerly enslaved Austin residents

The Texas Historical Commission on Friday designated a historical marker for the Wood Street Settlement in downtown Austin. The designation, part of the commission’s Undertold Markers Program, aims to address historical gaps and document underrepresented people and untold stories. The Wood Street Settlement, near the west bank of Shoal Creek...
Community news: Austin, Georgetown names Mayors Challenge finalists

CENTRAL TEXAS Austin, Georgetown named finalists Austin and Georgetown are two of 35 cities selected as finalists in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a competition that encourages city leaders to develop innovative ideas that confront challenges facing their cities. The cities now advance to the six-month Test, Learn and Adapt phase of the competition...
Snoop Dogg shouts out Westlake grad/Super Bowl QB Nick Foles in new track
Snoop Dogg shouts out Westlake grad/Super Bowl QB Nick Foles in new track

Snoop Dogg gives former Westlake QB/ Super Bowl ring-winner Nick Foles a shout-out in his brand new song, “Doggytails.” “Nick Foles with it — get it?” Snoop raps. “I be the backup, second in line, see when I get in, you ain’t gettin’ no more time. I’m free as a bird.” (A reference, obviously...
Stuck between a Columbus and an Austin, has Precourt dropped the ball?
Stuck between a Columbus and an Austin, has Precourt dropped the ball?

The Major League Soccer franchise that at times seems to have one foot in Columbus, Ohio and the other in Austin may be kicking away a prime opportunity with both feet. Anthony Precourt needs to get his stuff together. Now. And so should the city of Austin. The owner of the Columbus Crew has dilly-dallied around for months, courting Austin as a potential...
More Stories