Despite NFL fans amped for Super Bowl LII on Sunday (Feb. 4), there was some sadness around the league, due to news of Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson’s death.
He was killed early Sunday morning in a fatal car accident, after he was hit by a suspected drunken driver along the side of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis, according to the Indiana State Police Department.
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
The report says Jackson and another person, Jeffery Monroe of Avon, stopped along the side of I-70 when Monroe — believed to be ride-sharing operator driving Jackson — got out of the car to help Jackson, who was sick. As both were out of their vehicles, the driver of a Ford F-150 drove onto the emergency shoulder and hit the rear of the car, striking both Jackson and Monroe.
Sadly, one body landed in the center lane and when the state trooper responded to the accident, he hit the body of the victim who was in the center lane while slowing down.
Both men were pronounced dead at the scene Monroe was 54; Jackson was 26.
A man named Alex Cabrera Gonsales, 37, was arrested after trying to flee the scene on foot. He was driving without a license and was believed to be intoxicated, according to police.
“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing,” the Colts said in a statement. “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.”
The Colts signed Jackson to their practice squad in December 2015. The inside linebacker started eight of the 16 games he played in during the 2016 season. He missed all of last season with an injury.