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Suspected Drunk Driver Killed Edwin Jackson

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On Feb. 4, authorities say a suspected drunk driver in Indiana killed two people, including football player Edwin Jackson, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts.

Jackson, 26, was riding as a passenger with Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe, 54, when it is believed Jackson grew sick, reports WXIN.

As a result, Monroe pulled over while driving on an interstate. Both were standing outside of the car when they were struck and killed by 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales.

Gonsales had reportedly driven his black Ford F-150 onto the emergency shoulder and struck the rear of the car before fleeing the scene on foot.

Not too long afterward, police caught up with the man and transported him to the Marion County Jail.

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While toxicology results are still pending, it is believed Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license.

News of Jackson's death shocked colleagues.

"Lost For Words," wrote teammate Anthony Walker Jr. on Twitter. "Great Person, team-mate, brother. Will be missed man! God has a better plan my dude."

The Colts team even issued an official statement:

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We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson's passing. 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.

While fans and loved ones nationwide also paid tribute to the deceased football player, many also expressed outrage at the suspect.

"And this is why drunk drivers should be charged with second-degree murder," wrote one person in ESPN's comments section. "They may not intend to kill anyone, but they are recklessly operating a deadly weapon. Instead, he will be charged with DUI and maybe criminal vehicular homicide, plead down to avoid jail time, have his license revoked, and drive drunk again. Both sad and infuriating at the same time."

"Such horrible news for his family and friends!!!" added another. "We need to outfit every car in America with a breathalyzer so not one more person is killed by a drunk driver. Stop drinking and driving people!"

Sources: WXIN, Colts.com, Anthony Walker Jr./Twitter, ESPN / Featured Image: Pixnio / Embedded Images: Jeffrey Beal/Wikimedia CommonsJosh Hallett/Flickr

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