Indiana Colts’ linebacker Edwin Jackson was killed by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning, February 4. He was 26 years old.
After starting out on the team’s practice squad, the former walk-on player from Georgia Southern University worked his way up to the Colts’ active roster.
Police believe Jackson was using a ride sharing service around 4 a.m. when he became ill and his driver pulled to the side of the road on I-70.
That’s when investigators say a Ford pickup truck veered onto the shoulder striking the car and killing both Jackson and his driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe.
“One of the people struck was thrown into the center lane of I-70,” Indiana State Police noted in its release. “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. Mays then spotted the wreckage along the right side of the road and activated his emergency lights. As he slowed to stop for the crash he struck the body of the victim in the center lane.”
The driver of the pickup attempted to run from the scene on foot, but was quickly caught by police. The 37-year-old suspect was believed to be intoxicated and driving without a license.
Jackson appeared in nine games for the Colts this season, recording 60 total tackles including two sacks.