INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (KETK) - A linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts is among two people who were killed by a a suspected drunk driver Sunday morning.
According to the Indiana State Police, a passenger car was stopped on the side of I-70 near the 76.4 mile marker in Indianapolis.
The driver of the stopped vehicle identified as Jeffrey Monroe, 54, of Avon, Indiana, and his passenger, Colts' linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, of Atlanta, Georgia, were standing outside the car.
Police say they believe Monroe was a ride-sharing operator who was transporting Jackson, when Jackson became ill. Monroe pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car to assist the Jackson.
That's when police say a pick-up truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck the rear of the car, as well as Monroe and Jackson.
One of the victims was thrown into the center lane of I-70.
Shortly after the crash, and before any 911 calls were made, a trooper was driving through the area, around 4:00 a.m., and noticed a vehicle in front of him make an evasive maneuver to the left. The trooper says he then spotted the wreckage along the right side of the road and activated his emergency lights.
As he slowed to stop for the crash, the trooper struck the body of the victim in the center lane
The driver of the pick-up truck, identified as Alex Cabrera Gonsales, 37, of Indianapolis, ran away from the scene. He was apprehended shortly after on the ramp to Holt Road by the trooper.
Police say Gonsales was intoxicated and driving without a license. He was booked into the Marion County Jail. The result of the test for intoxication is pending.
The Colts released a statement after learning of Jackson's death:
It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of one of our own.— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) February 4, 2018
Edwin Jackson always brought a smile to our locker room and the community. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
We will miss him greatly: https://t.co/Vuql2FD59R pic.twitter.com/7gVR9PvmuA