Suspect in crash that killed Indianapolis Colts player, Uber driver formally charged

Laura Christensen
February 10, 2018

An Indiana prosecutor blasted President Donald Trump on Wednesday for politicizing the case of an immigrant illegally living in the USA and charged in a drunken crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man, saying his and others' comments were "ghoulish and inappropriate".

Orrego-Savala was deported from the U.S.in 2007 and 2009 and was now living in the USA illegally.

Orrego-Savala attempted to flee the scene of the accident on foot, but he was immediately apprehended by Indiana State Police and is now being held in county jail. Orrego-Savala has been deported twice, according to IN state police.

Federal immigration officials have placed a hold on him. He was arrested shortly after the fatal crash.

Police said Jackson, who grew up in Atlanta, and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe, 54, were standing outside Monroe's auto along I-70 after Jackson became ill while Monroe was transporting him for the ride-hailing company. As of Tuesday evening, he had not been formally charged by local prosecutors.

A little more than two years later, in March 2009, he was again arrested in San Francisco and then deported that May.

A judge on Wednesday entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf and set his bond at $200,000. "I don't know why I am here". Police said he was the driver and that he was drunk when the accident happened, with a blood alcohol level three times Indiana's legal limit. Authorities say the driver that struck them before dawn on Sunday tried to flee on foot but was quickly captured.

Trump commented about the death of Jackson, who most recently played for the Indianapolis Colts, in a tweet Tuesday morning.

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It took a few days but Donald Trump eventually got around to speaking on the subject, and while he sent out his condolences, he also used the opportunity to push his agenda on illegal immigration, because the drunk driver wasn't supposed to be in this country.

"This was a completely preventable tragedy", he told Fox News' "Fox & Friends." Trump tweeted. Indiana Republican Rep. Todd Rokita also called for increased vigilance in protecting US borders and enforcing immigration laws in light of tragic news.

A spokesman for Jackson's family has said his relatives are devastated and planned no response to Trump's tweets about the crash and the suspect's immigration status. "The family is in shock, as you can imagine".

"We'll let the politicians do the politics while the family is just going to grieve and circle the wagons and try to heal from this tragic situation", Atlanta attorney Daniel Meachum said Tuesday. Indianapolis television station WRTV reported that Orrego-Savala told the judge through an interpreter: "I wasn't driving the vehicle". Police reported they believe he was intoxicated and driving without a license.

Orrego-Savala remained in the Marion County Jail on Monday as the investigation into Sunday's crash continues. Federal prosecutors spell his name as Orrego-Zavala, but the compliant lists "Orrego-Savala" as among his aliases.

"We have got to be able to enforce who comes in and out of our country", said Rokita.

Trump was not the only GOP politician to use Jackson's death to renew calls for increased security along the southern US border with Mexico. I think the people making it partisan are the democrats frankly, because they mostly want to ignore the reality that you can not have a sovereign nation without a secure border.

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