Super Bowl Sunday began with some tragic news for the NFL as Edwin Jackson of the Indianapolis Colts was killed by a suspected drunk driver in an early morning collision.
The 26-year-old linebacker was standing beside Jeffrey Monroe, 54, near a vehicle along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis when both were struck by an oncoming vehicle, according to Bleacher Report.Embed from Getty Images
Either Jackson or Monroe were also reportedly struck by first police cruiser to arrive on the scene. Both men died from the injuries they sustained.
The driver of the pickup truck that hit them was identified by police as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales. He reportedly attempted to flee the scene on foot but was apprehended by officers.
Along with the team, many of Jackson’s teammates shared their grief and condolences in statements throughout the day Sunday.
“Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization,” the Colts said in a statement. “We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality.”
The loss of another life in the incident compounded the sorrow, the team added.
“We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time.”
An initial police statement indicated police believed “Gonsales was intoxicated and driving without a license.”
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