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The family of an NFL player killed in a suspected drunken-driving crash
allegedly caused by a man who was living illegally in the U.S. is grieving
privately as the tragedy stirs a national political reaction.
Atlanta attorney Daniel Meachum is a spokesman for relatives of Indianapolis
Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson Jimmie Ward
Jersey , who died Sunday along with his Uber driver when a pickup
truck struck them along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.
Meachum says Jackson’s relatives are in shock and ”just want to grieve as a
He says they planned no response to President Donald Trump’s tweets Tuesday
about the double-fatality and the crash suspect’s immigration status. Trump
referred to Jackson’s death as ”disgraceful” and called on Democrats to work
with him on border security and illegal immigration.
Federal immigration authorities say a man being held in a suspected
drunken-driving crash that killed an Indianapolis Colts player has a prior
driving-under-the-influence conviction in California.
Linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver were fatally injured in the
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Nicole Alberico says
37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala was convicted of a DUI in Redwood City,
California, in 2005 and has numerous misdemeanor convictions and arrests in
California and Indiana.
Orrego-Savala is a Guatemalan citizen who’s in the U.S. illegally. He was
deported in 2007 and 2009.
He remained jailed Tuesday but has not been formally charged in the crash.
The 26-year-old Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe were struck as they stood
outside Monroe’s car along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.
President Donald Trump says it’s ”disgraceful” that an Indianapolis Colts
player was killed in a suspected drunken-driving crash by a person who was in
the U.S. illegally.
The president also prodded Democrats to work with him on illegal immigration
and border security.
The collision killed linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, Jeffrey
Monroe, who was not mentioned by Trump.
Since the campaign Dwight Clark
Jersey , Trump has regularly pointed to crimes connected to illegal
immigration as evidence that the U.S. needs to build a wall along the Mexican
border and tighten immigration policies. As president, he has threatened to
withhold federal funding to cities with sanctuary city policies.
Authorities say the man suspected of causing the collision Sunday has twice
been deported from the U.S.
The Giants announced the move shortly before their series opener at Dodger
Stadium on Friday night.
Longoria fractured the fifth metacarpal in his hand in the fourth inning of
the Giants’ 16-inning victory over the Marlins a day earlier. He remained in the
game as a runner before being caught in a double play. He was replaced
defensively in the bottom of the inning.
Longoria said after the game that the last time he broke a bone in his wrist
he went to the World Series in 2008 with Tampa Bay.
He is tied for the Giants’ lead with 34 RBIs, is second with 10 home runs and
is tied for second with 27 extra-base hits.