Indianapolis prosecutor blasts Trump for politicizing football player death

Posted February 10, 2018

President Trump on Tuesday tweeted criticism at Democrats while noting an undocumented immigrant was suspected of killing two men - including an National Football League player - in a drunken driving accident Sunday in Indiana.

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.

Police said Manuel Orrego-Savala from Guatemala, the alleged drunk driver, was deported from the U.S.in 2007 and 2009.

Orrego-Savala, and was again living illegally in the U.S.at the time of the crash, according to investigators. He is being charged with two counts of causing death while driving intoxicated and of leaving the scene of an accident, according to the AP.

Police reveal the suspected drunk driver who struck a vehicle carrying Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson had been deported twice.

Linebacker Jackson, 26, was signed by the Colts in January 2016 and played parts of one season in the league. Another court hearing was scheduled for Wednesday. Indianapolis television station WRTV reported that Orrego-Savala told the judge through an interpreter: "I wasn't driving the auto".

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Uber driver Jeffery Monroe had pulled over to the emergency shoulder of I-70 to lend a hand to Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, who investigators believe had become ill.

Orrego-Savala does not now have an attorney, but one will be appointed before Wednesday morning's initial hearing.

Orrego-Savala will remain in custody while the local case is investigated by the Indiana State Police and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.

"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", U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler said in a statement.

Studies over the last few decades have not supported Trump's suggestion that immigrants who are in the country illegally are more likely to commit crimes.

Both men were standing outside the vehicle when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them and the back of the auto.

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"Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization", the team said.

Orrego-Savala remains jailed in Indianapolis.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, faces four preliminary felony charges and is being held on a $40,000 bond in the Marion County Jail. "This is a great loss for the entire IN community".

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.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County coroner's office.

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