Illegal immigrant Manuel Orrego-Savala appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges for a fatal drunk driving accident that killed Indiana Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and another man.
Manuel Orrego-Savala, an illegal immigrant, appeared in court on February 6, 2018 to face charges after a fatal drunk driving accident that killed two men, including Indiana Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. He was charged with two counts of causing death while operating a vehicle above the legal alcohol limit.
Edwin Jackson was killed at the young age of 26 on February 4 of this year when himself and Jeffrey Monroe, the driver of his Uber, were struck by a “Ford F-150” pickup truck driven by Orrego-Savala. Jackson was traveling as a passenger westbound on Interstate 70 in Indianapolis when he felt ill and asked Monroe to pull over. Jackson and Monroe exited their vehicle and were struck by Orrego-Savala while on the shoulder of the highway.
Orrego-Savala, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, had been driving without a license. He was also impaired by a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.239%—nearly three times the State of Indiana’s BAC limit of 0.08%.
According to CNN, Orrego-Savala, 37, was previously deported two times from the U.S.
Yesterday, Orrego-Savala was charged with illegal re-entry after being deported in 2007 and 2009. Today, Orrego-Savala was charged with two counts of causing death while driving intoxicated and two counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident. He faces a 10-year sentence for his illegal re-entry charge. The charge of causing death while intoxicated may be classified as a level 4 felony, which carries a charge of two to 12 years in prison.
The high-profile incident attracted the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump, who used the drunk driving incident to criticize his political opponents and lend credence to his hard-line policies on immigration:
So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2018
In 2005, Orrego-Savala was convicted for driving under the influence in Redwood City, California. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Nicole Alberico, Orrego-Savala had other prior misdemeanor convictions and arrests in California and Indiana.
Orrego-Savala is currently in an Indianapolis jail.