Colts' Edwin Jackson Suspect Hit with Felony Charges ... In Fatal Crash

Dean Simpson
February 10, 2018

Police identified the driver of the F-150 as Manuel Orrego-Savala.

The president used the death of National Football League linebacker Edwin Jackson to hammer Democrats for perceived weakness on border security after authorities revealed the drunk driver who crashed into Jackson's ride share was an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala.

Prosecutors in IN filed felony charges Wednesday against Manuel Orrego-Savala for his alleged role in the death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson on Sunday.

Orrego-Savala was deported in 2007 and 2009, and was again living illegally in the the time of the crash, according to investigators.

The affidavit said Orrego-Savala has had prior run-ins with law enforcement for driving without a valid license and that he was walking away from the crash scene when an in state trooper detained him.

Edwin Jackson's death is being used by the President to push his racist agenda
Edwin Jackson's death is being used by the President to push his racist agenda

He noted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered all federal prosecutors to prioritize charging immigrants who have illegally re-entered the United States, especially when they are linked to a crime or present a risk to public safety.

An undocumented immigrant accused of killing former Arizona Cardinals player Edwin Jackson was detained twice in Arizona, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Mears says the tests will help determine Orrego-Savala's identity and presence in the truck.

Police say he had been living in the USA illegally after being deported twice.

Orrego-Savala has a previous conviction from 2005, when he pleaded no contest to allegations of two separate instances of driving while drunk.

Jackson and the driver of his ride-share auto were killed after a black Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 37-year-old man struck both of them as they were standing on the side of a highway by their stopped vehicle.

Marion County prosecutors planned to announce Wednesday before 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala's initial hearing whether he'll face criminal charges in Sunday's crash along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.

"To be very honest with you, after Sunday's events with the passing of Edwin Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe, it was a very tough two days".

"It's just another tragedy marked up in this illegal immigration fight that we're having and it doesn't surprise me in the lease", said Mary Ann Mendoza.

Investigators say they believe Orrego-Savala was intoxicated.

Trump's tweet also noted the need for tighter border security to limit illegal immigration. "We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this hard time". He has other "misdemeanor criminal convictions and arrests in California and in", the ICE statement said.

A police news release did not mention the presence of anyone else in the pickup truck.

"This is who my husband was", said Deborah Monroe.

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