Prosecutor attacks Trump's 'ghoulish' comments on death of Colts' Edwin Jackson

Lucy Bush
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".

Manuel Orrego-Savala remained jailed Tuesday but has not been formally charged in Sunday's crash along a highway in Indianapolis that took the lives of Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe.

Federal immigration officials declined to comment Tuesday beyond noting in a statement that Orrego-Savala had a 2005 drunken driving conviction in Redwood City and numerous misdemeanor arrests and convictions in California and Indiana.

Orrego-Savala faces up to 10 years in prison on the immigration charge, which the US attorney's office said would be handled after any state charges are resolved. Jeffrey Monroe, an Uber driver, and 26-year-old Edwin Jackson, who played for the Indianapolis Colts, died in the collision.

Indiana State Police said Monday they are working with the prosecutor's office to file criminal charges in Orrego-Savala's case.

When Orrego-Savala appeared before a judge on Tuesday, he questioned why he was in court, and claimed he wasn't driving the auto in the fatal crash, according to the court clerk.

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Prosecutors have charged an immigrant who was living illegally in IN in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver.

Orrego-Savala, 37, was arrested after trying to flee the scene on foot, according to the Indiana State Police.

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday: "So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson".

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

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

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

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Colts owner Jim Irsay has offered to pay for both Jackson and Monroe's funerals, the team's chief operating officer, Pete Ward, said.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, President Trump offered his prayers and sympathies for Jackson's family while emphasizing his argument on the need for immigration reform.

The damaged vehicle that cops say Orrego-Savala was driving.


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

County authorities gave the suspect's name as Orrego-Savala, but the U.S. attorney's office identified him as Orrego-Zavala.

Police said Orrego-Savala was the driver of the F-150.

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