Colts lineback Edwin Jackson, 26, was killed Sunday morning after he was hit by a suspected drunk driver while stopped on the side of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis, the Indiana State Police Department announced Sunday.
Authorities say the car Jackson was in pulled over because he became ill. The driver, a 54-year-old ride-sharing operator named Jeffery Monroe, was outside helping Jackson when a person driving a Ford F-150 veered into the emergency shoulder and crashed into the back of the vehicle, hitting and killing Jackson and Monroe. One of the bodies flew and landed in the center lane of the interstate, where it was hit by a state trooper reporting to the scene. The driver of the F-150, identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales, was believed to be intoxicated, and he was arrested after trying to run away from the scene.
In a statement, the Colts said the organization was "heartbroken" to hear of Jackson's death, and he was "loved by all." He had an "outgoing personality, competitive spirit, and hard-working mentality" and was "well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths." Jackson started eight of the 16 games he played during the 2016 season, but was out in 2017 due to an injury.