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Colts' Edwin Jackson killed after being hit by suspected drunken driver

Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was killed early Sunday morning after being hit by a suspected drunken driver as he stood outside a car along a highway in Indianapolis.


Brittany King


Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was killed early Sunday morning after being hit by a suspected drunken driver along the side of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis, according to the Indiana State Police Department.

 

Jackson and another person, Jeffery Monroe of Avon, were stopped along the side of I-70 when Monroe, who reportedly was a ride-sharing operator driving the NFL player and got out of the car to help Jackson, who was ill. 

 

A driver of a Ford F-150 drove onto the emergency shoulder and hit the rear of the car, striking both Jackson and Monroe, with one of the bodies landing in the center lane of I-70, according to a release from the Indiana State Police. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was operating the vehicle without a license.

Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality.

"We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson's passing," the Colts said in a statement. "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 Colts signed the 6-foot, 234-pound Jackson to their practice squad in December 2015. The inside linebacker started eight of the 16 games he played in during the 2016 season. Jackson missed all of last season with an injury.

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