Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson has passed away at the age of 26 after his car was struck by a suspected drunk driver.
According to Indiana State Police, Edwin Jackson was standing next to 54-year-old Jeffery Monroe on the emergency shoulder of the highway when they were struck by a black Ford F-150.
The collision sent Jackson flying into the center of I-70, and he was pronounced dead early Sunday morning. Monroe is believed to work for a ride-sharing service, and investigators believe he pulled over to the side of the road to assist Jackson, who had become ill.
The suspected drunk driver, 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales, attempted to flee the scene on foot after the collision. He was immediately apprehended by the Indiana State Police.
Jackson went undrafted out of Georgia Southern in 2015, and he spent some time on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad before joining the Colts later that season.
Jackson earned playing time in Indianapolis in 2016 where he played in all 16 games racking up 42 tackles with 2 sacks on the season. Jackson was on the Colts’ roster again last season, but he spent the entire year on the injured reserve list.
The Colts organization and owner Jim Irsay have both released statements expressing their sorrow following Jackson’s passing and their support for Jackson’s family and friends. Many of Jackson’s teammates have also taken to social media to honor their fallen brother.
Jackson’s loss is a tragic one, and it will take the entire Colts organization a long time to recover emotionally. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jackson’s family and friends in this tough time.