People dedicate their lives to accomplishing a dream. But tragically, nothing in life is guaranteed and in a split second, it can all be taken away.
On February 4, 2018, one beloved NFL player was in the process of making a comeback after suffering an injury that kept him off the field for an entire season. Sadly, he never made it back onto the field because of what happened on his way home the morning of the Super Bowl…
The Eve Of The Super Bowl
One night before Super Bowl Sunday, most people around the country are preparing to watch the year’s biggest sporting event with friends and family. However, the night before this past Super Bowl, which was held on February 4, 2018, one Indiana man was hard at work.
A Hard Worker
Jeffrey Monroe often worked late through the night as an Uber driver, and the eve of Super Bowl Sunday was no exception. The Avon, Indiana man had started driving for the ride-sharing service in order to save up enough money to take his wife to the Olympics…
A Special Passenger
Shortly before 4 in the morning on February 4, the 54-year-old drove to pick up his next customer. When he arrived, the young man opened the car door and got inside. It was only when Jeffrey turned around to greet his passenger that he realized he was driving an NFL player.
The Colts Linebacker
Jeffrey’s passenger turned out to be Edwin Jackson, a 26-year-old inside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts. The Atlanta native joined the Colts in 2015, but was forced to sit out of the entire 2017 season because of an injury and was focused on getting back in top shape for the 2018 season…
Following The Directions
Jeffrey’s GPS instructed him get to Edwin’s destination via Interstate 70, which would have no traffic at such a late hour. Shortly after the Uber driver got on the interstate, however, he realized it wasn’t going to be such a straightforward ride.
A Sick Passenger
Edwin was about to be sick, so Jeffrey had no choice but to pull over onto the shoulder of the interstate at near the 76.4-mile marker. To prevent Edwin from throwing up in the car, Jeffrey jumped out and helped him out of the car…
Too Distracted To See The Danger
The 54-year-old driver was too busy helping Edwin, who was getting sick on the side of the road, to notice a black Ford F-150 driving erratically in their direction. Tragically, by the time he did see the massive truck heading straight towards them, it was already too late.
Just after 4 in the morning, the black pickup truck veered off the road and onto the emergency shoulder striking both Jeffrey and Edwin. The 2 men were likely killed on impact, but the driver responsible for the crash was still alive, and tried to run off on foot before any police arrived…
First To The Scene
“Shortly after the crash, and before any 911 calls were received, Trooper Ty Mays was driving through the area and noticed a vehicle in front of him make an evasive maneuver to the left,” said Sgt. John Perrine. Mays then saw the wreckage of the crash on the side of the road and turned on his emergency lights.
When the truck struck the victims, one of the men was thrown further off the road while the other was thrown into the middle lane on the interstate. “As he slowed to stop for the crash he struck the body of the victim in the center lane,” Perrine said in a statement…
The Suspect Tries To Flee
Trooper Mays called for backup when he saw that the driver had “fled the scene on foot. He was apprehended shortly after on the ramp to Holt Road by Trooper Mays,” Sgt. Perrine said. Once in police custody, the driver identified himself as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales.
A Roadside Test
“It is believed [the driver] was intoxicated and was driving without a license,” Perrine said. Before Gonsales was taken to the Marion County Jail, a blood alcohol level test was taken at the scene. When the results came in, the police were horrified…
The Driver’s BAC
Gonsales’ blood alcohol level was .239, which is a staggering 3 times over the legal limit in Indiana. “Another alleged selfish act of someone driving impaired and causing harm to innocent victims,” wrote Sgt. Tony Slocum of the Indiana State police in a Twitter post. “Disappointing, Numerous ads and pleas by law enforcement for people not to drive impaired on @SuperBowl weekend, this is why.”
Edwin’s Family Speaks Out
As news of the accident spread around the community and to the victim’s families, they were shocked and devastated. “The family would like for me to extend thanks and heartfelt appreciation for all the calls, prayers and good wishes that have been nonstop from the heartbreaking news,” Edwin’s family said a statement to the public…
Their Pride And Joy
“Edwin was an amazing young man that filled our lives with joy and pride. He was kind, thoughtful, humble and passionate about football and loved his family,” Edwin’s family added. “We ask that all who were blessed to have crossed his path remember him and his amazing smile.”
The Team Reacts
After the news broke about Edwin’s death, the Colts also made a statement about the beloved player, who his teammates called ‘Pound Cake’. “Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality,” the team said…
An Unexpected Tragedy
“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 Investigation Begins
Police opened up an investigation into the accident but they couldn’t find any record of 37-year-old Gonsales, who claimed he was from Indianapolis. After doing a little digging, the investigators finally realized why there was no record of him…
A Fake Identity
Gonsales was using a fake name. His real identity was Manuel Orrego-Savala, who was a citizen of Guatemala and had been living in the United States illegally. Not only was Orrego-Savala in the country illegally, but he had been deported 2 times.
An Illegal Immigrant And A Criminal
Sadly, it’s not the first time Oreggo-Savala has been in trouble with the law. In 2005, he was arrested and convicted of driving under the influence in Redwood City, California. After his conviction, he was deported for the first time in 2007 and once again in 2009.