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Saturday 15 December 2018

Man charged over drink-drive crash that killed NFL player

Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, faces several charges over the accident which killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver in Indiana.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala, leaves a court hearing (AP)
Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala, leaves a court hearing (AP)

By Rick Callahan

US prosecutors have charged an illegal immigrant over an alleged drink-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver in Indiana.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, was charged with four felony counts related to the crash on Sunday along the Interstate 70 route in Indianapolis.

The Guatemalan citizen will appear in court for an initial hearing on the charges of causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

Orrego-Savala was deported in 2007 and 2009, and was again living illegally in the US at the time of the crash, according to investigators. A federal immigration charge was filed against him on Tuesday.

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Indianapolis Colts American football player Edwin Jackson died alongside his Uber driver (AP)

He was arrested following the crash along Interstate 70. Investigators said NFL player Jackson, 26, and his Uber driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, were standing outside Monroe’s car when they were struck and killed by a pick-up truck driven by Orrego-Savala.

He was charged with illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien. He faces up to 10 years in prison on the immigration charge, which the US attorney’s office said would be handled after any state charges are resolved.

President Donald Trump drew added attention to the case on Twitter, calling the highway collision that killed Jackson and Monroe “disgraceful”. The president also prodded Democrats to work with him on illegal immigration and border security.

A spokesman for Jackson’s family has said his relatives are devastated and planned no response to Trump’s tweets about the crash and the suspect’s immigration status.

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