Suspect facing felony charges in death of Colts' Jackson

By Alex Butler

Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Manuel Orrego-Savala faces four new felony counts related to the Sunday crash that killed Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson.

The office of Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry filed the charges Wednesday.


Orrego-Savala, 37, is a Guatemalan citizen living in the United States without legal documentation. He was due in court late Wednesday for an initial hearing on the charges, which include two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident and two counts tied to drunken driving causing death, the Indianapolis Star reported.

The crash occurred about 4 a.m. Sunday off Interstate 70 in Indianapolis and also killed Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe. Jackson and Monroe were standing outside the driver's car before being hit by a pickup truck, according to police. Police told CBS 4 Indianapolis they believe the Uber driver pulled over to help Jackson after he became ill.

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Orrego-Savala was arrested under the name Alex Cabrera. He was previously deported in 2007 and in 2009, according to court documents. A federal immigration charge was filed against him Tuesday.


He could face up to 10 years in prison on that charge.

Jackson was 26 years old. The Georgia Southern product had 61 tackles and two sacks and started eight games in 2016 for the Colts. He spent the 2017 season on injured reserve.

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President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, an Indiana native, commented on Jackson's death.

"On my way to Alaska. I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Indianapolis @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson," Pence tweeted Monday. "This was a senseless & avoidable tragedy. This is a great loss for the entire Indiana community. My prayers are with his family in their time of grief."

"My prayers and best wishes are with the family of Edwin Jackson, a wonderful young man whose life was so senselessly taken," Trump added Tuesday.

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Trump also called it "disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson."

A pretrial hearing is set for March 27.

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