Illegal Immigrant Who Killed Colts Linebacker While Drunk Driving Officially Charged

Manuel Orrego-Zavala, the immigrant accused of killing an Indianapolis Colts player and an Uber driver during a drunk-driving crash on Super Bowl weekend, faces multiple charges in connection with the case.

According to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Orrego-Zavala was charged with two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident and two counts of causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .15 or more. Edwin Jackson, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, and an Uber driver were killed in the accident.

Reports indicate that Orrego-Zavala, an undocumented immigrant who has been deported from the country twice, crashed his truck on I-70 near Holt Road in the early hours of Sunday, February 4.

The driver, Jeffrey Monroe, 54, and Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, were standing outside their vehicle when Orrego-Zavalas’ truck hit them, killing them instantly. A test showed his blood-alcohol content was nearly three times Indiana’s legal limit of .08. He fled the scene, but an Indiana State trooper later apprehended him.

According to NBC, Josh Minkler, the U.S. attorney for Indianapolis and southern Indiana, said that Orrego-Zavala gave investigators the alias “Alex G. Cabrera” but that Homeland Security agents soon discovered his true identity.

“The defendant in this case allegedly re-entered the country illegally for the second time before he put the public safety of Indianapolis at risk and took the lives of two innocent men early Sunday morning,” said Minkler. “In April, Attorney General Sessions directed all federal prosecutors to prioritize charging aliens that illegally re-enter the country, especially if they are a risk to public safety or there is a criminal history present. Following the rule of law is the foundation of our American democracy, and my office is committed to fulfilling the Attorney General’s directive.”

Orrego-Zavala, who is set to appear in court for an initial hearing on Wednesday, February 7, also faces a federal immigration charge.

President Trump politicized Jackson’s death on Twitter, saying:

“So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!”

However, he failed to mention the death of Monroe, who was a less recognizable figure.

This is all the information available at this time.

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