There is some sad news to report in the NFL world on Super Bowl Sunday with news that Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson died at the age of 26 early in the morning.
Jackson was one of two men struck by a suspected drunked driver alongside Interstate 70 in Indiana around 4:00 a.m.
Jackson and the other man, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, were standing by a stopped vehicle when a truck struck them both on the emergency shoulder. According to police, Monroe was believed to be a ride sharing operator who was assisting Jackson on the side of the road before the tragic accident.
From the Indianapolis Star:
The driver of the pickup truck, identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales of Indianapolis, tried to flee the scene on foot.
He was apprehended shortly after on the ramp to Holt Road by Mays, police said.
“It is believed Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license,” Perrine said in a statement. “He was transported to the Marion County Jail, the result of the test for intoxication is pending.”
Jackson went undrafted out of Georgia Southern in 2015 before signing with the Arizona Cardinals. He was later released during final cuts before being picked up by the Indianapolis Colts.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Jackson family during this incredibly tragic time.
We will update the story with more information as it becomes available.