In the early morning of Super Bowl Sunday in Indiana, an accident caused by a suspected drunk driver took the life of two men, one of which was Colts’ linebacker Edwin Jackson.
While traveling on interstate 70 in Indiana around 4am in the morning, Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe were struck while they were pulled over on the side of the road by suspected drunk driver Alex Cabrera Gonsales. Gonsales fled the scene but was later apprehended by police and was charged with drunk driving and operating a vehicle without a license. The Colts issued the following statement in response to Jackson’s death:
We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jacksons 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.
Jackson had appeared in every game for the team in 2016, but was placed on injured reserve this past season. Our condolences to the families of Jackson and Monroe.