Illegal Immigrants Deadly NFL Hit and Run Reignites Trumps Border Battle

(AP Photo, File)

On Sunday morning, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe were killed after being struck by a suspected drunk driver on Indiana’s Interstate -70.

According to police, Monroe,54, was driving a red sedan and had pulled off the highway to help Jackson,26, who had reportedly become ill when the accident occurred.

Monroe was standing next to the parked car when an unidentified driver of a black Ford F-150 pickup truck veered onto the side of the interstate hitting the sedan and sending one victim into the roadway.

Indiana State Police later identified the driver as 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala as the driver who killed Jackson, 26, and Jeffrey Monroe, 54, Sunday morning adding that his blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit.

This photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows, Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala, who is being held in a suspected drunken driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis. Police say that Orrego-Savala, who gave a fake name following the Sunday accident, has twice been deported from the U.S. (Indiana State Police via AP)

On Monday, police confirmed that Savala was, in fact, an illegal immigrant who had already been deported twice.

Trump took to Twitter to discuss the NFL players death and citing border control as a solution to the “preventable tragedy.”

In another Tweet, Trump sent his “Prayers and Best Wishes” to Jacksons family.

Edwin Jackson first joined the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent signed to the Arizona, Cardinals.

He then signed to the Colts’ practice squad in December of 2015 where he later earned a Reserve/Future contract, assuring him a spot on the team’s offseason roster for the foreseeable future.

After playing a reserve and special teams role for the first seven weeks of the 2016 season, Jackson earned his first-career start in Week 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs, logging four tackles and his first-career sack in the Colts’ 30-14 loss at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Following the teams buy week Jackson was placed in the starting line up at the inside linebacker position where he stayed all season.

Jackson concluded his first full year of NFL action with 61 tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hits finishing third on his team.

He entered the 2017 season as a starting player but was placed on Injured/Reserve due to a knee injury he sustained in a preseason game.

Though Jackson had to sit out the entire 2017 season, Colts Officials say “he remained his usual positive and upbeat self and continued to be a consistent presence out in the community.”

Also, listing numerous charity events, he was involved with including:

-Christmas caroling with teammates at Riley Hospital for Children.

-Donating new hats and shoes to unprivileged kids for the winter.

-Working alongside local police officers to teach middle school students about peaceful living habits

-Helping staff a drive-thru distribution for Thanksgiving meals to Hoosier families in need.

The official website added that these were only a number of the many events he was a part of and listed his famous quote “So much to accomplish, yet changing lives every step of the way.” as an example of who he was.



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