Tragic, Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Edwin Jackson Killed By An Alleged Drunk Driver

Posted On : 02/04/2018

The life of a young NFL player was cut short early Sunday morning when a man believed to be an unlicensed drunk driver plowed into him and another passenger. Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe were pulled over on the side of Interstate 70 when the driver of a pickup truck struck the car and both men who were standing next to it. Neither man survived.

Indiana State Police soon caught up with the 37-year-old man who tried to flee on foot. According to reports, he appeared to be intoxicated. The man, who is said to be from Indianapolis, was taken to Marion County Jail. His blood-alcohol test results have yet to be released.

Apparently Jackson had enlisted the assistance of a ride-sharing service and Monroe had picked up the fare. Jackson fell ill, so Monroe pulled over on the side of the highway. Monroe got out of the car to help Jackson. That’s when the pickup driver barreled into them.

The Indianapolis Colts organization issued a statement expressing their shock and grief over Jackson’s senseless and sudden death. They described him as hard-working, competitive, respected, and outgoing. To them, he wasn’t just a talented athlete. The linebacker from Atlanta was an all-around good guy.

“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing,” the statement on the Colts website reads. “Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality. 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 Georgia Southern alum was signed by the Arizona Cardinals in May 2015 before he was released three months later. He joined the Colts in December 2015. His former teammates and others have taken to Twitter to express heartfelt condolences. Jackson will be sorely missed.

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