Colts’ Edwin Jackson killed by suspected drunk driver

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A sad story has hit the NFL community on Super Bowl Sunday.

Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was killed early this morning when he was hit by a suspected drunk driver, the Indianapolis Star reports. A 54-year-old man with Jackson was also killed.

Indiana State Police say Jackson and the other man were standing near a stopped vehicle in the emergency shoulder of Interstate 70 when a pickup truck drove onto the shoulder and hit them both. Police believe Jackson took a ride share driven by the other man, identified as Jeffrey Monroe.

The driver of the pickup truck, identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales of Indianapolis, tried to flee on foot but was caught by police officers as he tried to run away on an exit ramp. Police say Gonsales did not have a driver’s license and was intoxicated.

“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.”

Jackson grew up in Atlanta and was renowned as a great all-around athlete who was his high school team’s kicker and punter was well as a linebacker, and also was a champion wrestler. He initially played college football at Georgia Southern as a walk-on but later earned a scholarship, and made it to the NFL as an undrafted free agent, first with the Cardinals and then with the Colts. He played all 16 games in 2016 but spent the 2017 season on injured reserve. Jackson was 26 years old.

41 responses to “Colts’ Edwin Jackson killed by suspected drunk driver

  1. He’ll get manslaughter and get most of his time cut for ‘good behavior’.

    Honestly, drunk driving should (regardless of fatalities or not) should be life in prison, no chance for parole, and no chance of ever getting any license. Cabs and Uber are too accessible and cheap to tolerate drunk driving anymore.

    I wish Mr Jackson’s family well. This is terrible.

  2. descendency says:
    February 4, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    He’ll get manslaughter and get most of his time cut for ‘good behavior’.

    Honestly, drunk driving should (regardless of fatalities or not) should be life in prison, no chance for parole, and no chance of ever getting any license. Cabs and Uber are too accessible and cheap to tolerate drunk driving anymore.

    I wish Mr Jackson’s family well. This is terrible.

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    Your ability see the future and know what’s going to happen to the driver is amazing. You should start betting on sports and buying lottery tickets

  3. Only reason why drunkies are not criminalized like the murderers they are is because most legislators, jurors, judges and police officers have driven drunk themselves.

    More than they’ll ever admit.

    People don’t want to look in the mirror, so…

  4. it’s important to remind everyone that the driver has a disease, and this is not his fault.

    fleeing the scene, however is, and he should be punished for that.

    alcoholism either is a disease or, not.

    it can’t be both.

  5. Exactly who put a gun to his head and made him drink all he drank?

    And, exactly who put a gun to his head and forced him to get in his truck & drive?

  6. breadmeatcheese says:
    February 4, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    it’s important to remind everyone that the driver has a disease, and this is not his fault.

    fleeing the scene, however is, and he should be punished for that.

    alcoholism either is a disease or, not.

    it can’t be both.

    Try again.

    The alcoholism is a disease. The CONSCIOUS DECISION to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of the “disease” is still a decision that they will be held fully accountable to the fullest extent allowable by law. As they should be.

    You can still be drunk and NOT operate a motor vehicle.

    He decided to do both. Stop making excuses

  7. Big deal.
    He could never start for the Vikings Defense.
    I’m sorry he died, but we’ve got practice squad players better than him.
    Can’t wait until the 2018 season to get under way!

  8. Breadmeatcheese, It’s called taking responsibility for your actions! Maybe he’s a binge drinker, maybe he was at a bar and had one too many! Not all drunk drivers are alcoholic! …or maybe he was just Dreaming about being a dreamer! Either way, he is responsible for his actions!

  9. Sad loss for the NFL family.

    I hope this also serves as a wake up call for those young NFL players who also have too much to drink and get behind the wheel themselves.

  10. Very sad and disappointing news today.
    My heart goes out to Colt fans, as well as the Jackson family.
    I’m not here to preach, but like so many others, I’m just stunned at the fact with so many alternatives available, why people still continue to treat their safety, as well as the safety of others, so carelessly.

    Finally, I have to add, regardless of what this person did for a living, or who you cheer for, he was an ordinary person with a life and a family.
    Please, try and show a little class.

  11. breadmeatcheese says:
    February 4, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    it’s important to remind everyone that the driver has a disease, and this is not his fault.

    fleeing the scene, however is, and he should be punished for that.

    alcoholism either is a disease or, not.

    it can’t be both.
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    You can get drunk without having “alcoholism” as a chronic impairment. The “disease” did not make him operate a vehicle. Calling it a disease and then saying whatever happens is not his fault is absurd and adds to the problem of people thinking it is ok to drink and drive. The choice to drive is almost always made while sober because you if you start drinking without a plan other than driving then anything that happens as a result is your own fault.

  12. Keep a eye on this case. I bet there will be more to follow on the drunk driver. And to those making excuses for this killers actions, shame on your house.

  13. part of fighting the disease is “admitting you do not have control” of it.

    that’s why it’s a disease, just like asthma, or cancer.

    so by the rationale of a lot of trolls here, we should blame cancer patients for “poor life decisions.”

    And finally he is not a killer.

    Anything that may have occurred is alleged, as of yet.

    Due process please.

    And finally the let’s the the system define what kind of death this is, please.

  14. descendency says:
    February 4, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    He’ll get manslaughter and get most of his time cut for ‘good behavior’.

    Honestly, drunk driving should (regardless of fatalities or not) should be life in prison, no chance for parole, and no chance of ever getting any license. Cabs and Uber are too accessible and cheap to tolerate drunk driving anymore.
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    YEAH right, so should speeding, jay walking, Gambling, shoplifting, and Smoking..
    This is a tragedy for sure. Most people with DUI’s get the help they need, unfortunately some dont. I do believe random testing after a DUI (sounds like he has had one before)! Those that refuse help should be jailed and forced sobriety, A second test failure and then things get serious..
    BTW I had one of those. I received the needed counseling and have been sober for 12 years now.
    What a shame… for everybody.

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