26-year-old Indianapolis Colts linebacker, Edwin Jackson was one of two people killed in a car crash by a drunk driver early Sunday morning in Avon, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis. The driver was identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales of Indianapolis. Gonsales tried to flee the scene on foot but was later apprehended by police and transported to a local jail. Indiana Police suspect he was drunk and operating without a license.
Jackson was standing alongside 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe near a parked vehicle on the emergency shoulder when a Ford F-150 pickup truck struck and killed both. Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe were pronounced dead after an automobile collision along Interstate 70 in Indiana just before 4 a.m. on Sunday. According to police, a black Ford F-150 pickup truck veered out of its lane and drove onto the emergency shoulder before striking both men.
Investigators believe that Monroe worked for a ride-sharing app and was driving Jackson before they pulled to the side of the road. They believe Jackson may have gotten sick during the ride and that Monroe exited the vehicle to help him before they were both struck by the oncoming vehicle.
Shortly after news of his death, the Indianapolis Colts expressed their condolences to their teammate with the following statement:
“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing. Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality. He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths, and he will be greatly missed in our locker room and throughout our entire organization. We also understand that another person lost his life in the accident, only adding to our sorrow on this day. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time.”
It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of one of our own.
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.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 4, 2018
Terrible news… rest in peace Edwin Jackson. He will be sorely missed, RIP Legend!
Sincere condolences to all his friends and family.