Update: Illegal Immigrant Denies Driving the Car Involved in Deadly NFL Hit and Run

This photo provided by the Indiana State Police shows, Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala, who is be 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 Wednesday, Prosecutors in Indiana filed felony charges against illegal immigrant Manuel Orrego-Savala for allegedly killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe in a drunken-driving crash.

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In an initial hearing on Tuesday, he appeared before a judge and through a translator reportedly denied driving the vehicle which killed Jackson and Monroe, Sunday.

“I wasn’t driving the car. I don’t know why I am here.”

In the court documents, it is alleged that a blood test conducted at a hospital with results of a 0.19 alcohol level proves him to have been intoxicated at the time of and after the crash.

Orrego-Savala, who is from Guatemala has been deported twice from the U.S in the past and was charged on Tuesday with the re-entry of a previously deported alien and on Wednesday in a separate hearing charged with causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

Following Wednesday’s hearing, the defendant’s attorney Jorge Torres said in a statement that Orrego-Savala’s immigration status has no bearing on the crash case.

The charges relating to the drunken-crash each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.

The separate immigration charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The U.S attorney office said charges would not be pursued until after state charges are resolved.

A representative for Jackson’s family said his relatives are devastated and do not plan to respond to Trump’s tweets about the crash or comment on the suspect’s immigration status.



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