Prosecutor slams Trump's 'ghoulish' comments on National Football League player's death

Saul Bowman
February 10, 2018

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry filed four felony charges Wednesday against Manuel Orrego-Savala, a Guatemalan citizen who had been deported from the USA twice, for allegedly drunkenly operating a vehicle and killing National Football League linebacker Edwin Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe in IN early Sunday morning.

Jackson and the driver of his ride-share auto were killed after a black Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 37-year-old man struck both of them as they were standing on the side of a highway by their stopped vehicle.

Orrego-Savala was arrested early Sunday morning after state police say the Ford F-150 pick-up truck he was driving careened into the emergency shoulder of I-70, striking and. He was previously deported in 2007 and in 2009, according to court documents.

Orrego-Savala is charged with two counts each of causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

Prosecutors allege Orrego-Savala was driving the vehicle that crashed into Jackson and Monroe as the two men stood outside Monroe's auto early Sunday along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis. The Georgia Southern product had 61 tackles and two sacks and started eight games in 2016 for the Colts. Troopers located him on the ramp to Holt Road and stopped him, at which point he reportedly admitted he was the driver of the truck.

The office of Marion County prosecutor Terry Curry filed the charges Wednesday.

Orrego-Savala had a 2005 conviction for driving under the influence in Redwood City, California.

"So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson".

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Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged Orrego-Savala with illegal re-entry after deportation, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Instead, Williams says Trump needs to focus on the drunk driving problem in America - since the suspect was allegedly almost three times the legal limit when he struck and killed Jackson.

"This was a completely preventable tragedy", he told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

Both men were outside the auto when a black Ford F-150 drove into the shoulder and struck the vehicle.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, who is from Guatemala and has twice been deported from the US, is charged with causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

Trump also offered his "prayers and best wishes" to Jackson's family.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, left, and Edwin Jackson. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene. He was convicted of driving without a license previous year in Boone County, Ind. under an alias, Boone Country Prosecutor Todd Meyer said in a news release.

Trump was not the only GOP politician to use Jackson's death to renew calls for increased security along the southern USA border with Mexico.


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