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Edwin Jackson, Colts linebacker, killed by suspected drunken driver

Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was killed early Sunday morning after getting hit by a car that was being operated by a suspected drunken driver with a suspended license.

Jackson was 26.

The alleged drunken driver was in a black Ford F-150 truck and drove onto the shoulder of a road where Jackson was standing along with 54-year-old Jeffery Monroe, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Investigators believe that Monroe, who was also killed in the crash, was a ride-sharing driver and had pulled over to let Jackson out of the car because he was getting sick.

A trooper was driving through the area moments before the crash and noticed "a vehicle in front of him make an evasive maneuver to the left," Sgt. John Perrine told The Star.

"As he slowed to stop for the crash he struck the body of the victim in the center lane," Perrine added.

Alex Cabrera Gonsales, the 37-year-old driver of the Ford pickup, jumped out of his vehicle and attempted to flee but was apprehended not far from the scene.

Jackson, who attended Georgia Southern University, joined the Colts in January of 2016 after signing with the practice squad a month earlier.

Edwin Jackson. (ELSA/GETTY IMAGES)

The Colts released a statement on Jackson's death later on Sunday.

"It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of one of our own," the team wrote. "Edwin Jackson always brought a smile to our locker room and the community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

"We will miss him greatly."

Source: NY Daily News

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