Edwin Jackson, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, was killed early Sunday morning in a collision car crash involving a suspected drunk driver, according to Indiana State Police. He was 26.
Jeffrey Monroe, of Avon, Indiana, was driving the car in which Jackson was a passenger. Monroe was also killed.
Monroe, driving a red sedan, pulled over to the side of Interstate 70 to assist Jackson, who became ill. Monroe was standing next to the parked car when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck veered into the shoulder and struck the sedan, sending one victim into the roadway, according to police.
A state trooper was driving through the area shortly after the collision, and as he began to pull over to investigate the crash, he struck the victim in the roadway, police said.
The driver of the pickup truck, Alex Cabrera Gonsales, 37, of Indianapolis, attempted to flee on foot. He was quickly apprehended.
Police said they believe Gonsales was also driving without a license.
Jackson was a third-year pro who previously also played for the Arizona Cardinals.
In a statement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said it was "shocked and heartbroken that Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson, along with Jeffrey Monroe, who police believe was a ride-share driver, were killed by an alleged drunk driver early this morning. The loss of a professional football player and his driver on the biggest game day of the year is beyond tragic for the families and friends of both men, and our hearts are with them and the Colts team. Drunk driving remains the leading killer on our nation's highways and streets, yet there is no excuse for anyone to drive drunk when there are so many options for a sober, non-drinking designated driver, such as Uber, taxis, public transportation or a non-drinking friend. With so many festivities centered around the Super Bowl tonight, MADD urges everyone to please have a plan to get home safely."
Jackson's teammates were stunned by his death.
Safety Darius Butler wrote in an Instagram post:
Former Colts cornerback Vontae Davis added on Twitter:
It breaks my heart to hear the news about my brother & former teammate Edwin Jackson. He was always such a joy to be around, always smiling and always laughing. An absolutely incredible friend. RIP Ed, my thoughts & prayers are forever with you and your family ?? pic.twitter.com/TpdE9GBuDE— Vontae Davis (@vontaedavis) February 4, 2018