Illegal immigrant charged with 4 felonies in crash that killed Colts LB Jackson

An immigrant illegally living in the U.S. was charged with four felonies in the drunken driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, prosecutors announced in court Wednesday.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, was wearing an orange jail suit during a Marion County (Indiana) court appearance. He was charged with two counts of causing death while operating a vehicle above the legal alcohol limit and two counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

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During his initial court hearing, Orrego-Savala responded through an interpreter as the judge explained the proceedings and charges.

"He's very distraught to say the least," said his lawyer, Jorge Torres. "He's very confused."

Court documents allege a blood test conducted at a hospital determined Orrego-Savala had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than double Indiana's legal limit for driving.

Orrego-Savala had been deported twice -- in 2007 and 2009 -- according to Indiana State Police. The driver, who had been using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales, is a citizen of Guatemala.

Orrego-Savala was driving the truck that struck and killed Jackson and ride-sharing operator Jeffrey Monroe in Sunday's crash along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.

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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during a NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 01: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts takes the field for the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after stopping Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets in the second quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 5, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 01: Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) runs to the practice field during the Indianapolis Colts training camp on August 1, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts attempts to break up a pass during the game against the Buffalo Bills on August 13, 2016 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Indianapolis defeats Buffalo 19-18. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 13, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Lions won 24-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 29: Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) recovers a loose ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals on October 29th, 2017 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Orrego-Savala was arrested after trying to flee the scene on foot, according to police, who also said he was intoxicated. Orrego-Savala is being held in the Marion County jail, and police are working with U.S. federal immigration officials.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday morning and called the accident that claimed the life of Jackson "disgraceful."

"So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!" Trump tweeted.

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Man so saddened to hear about Edwin Jackson, my prayers are with your family today man! Christ please give the family strength to fight on!
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Our hearts and prayers are with Edwin Jackson’s family. Terrific young man, respected and liked by all. Rest In Peace, Edwin.
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The crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. along I-70, according to the Indianapolis Star. Police said Jackson, 26, and Monroe, 54, were standing near a stopped vehicle when a pickup truck drove onto the highway shoulder and struck them both.

Police believe that Monroe was driving and had pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car to assist Jackson, who became ill. Monroe and Jackson were pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner's Office.

Jackson previously played for the Arizona Cardinals. He was signed by the Colts in January 2016 after signing to the practice squad the previous month. Jackson was placed on injured reserve in September 2017.

--Field Level Media

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