A Guatemalan man who is illegally living in the United States, pleaded guilty on Friday to drunk driving in the crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver.
The 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala admitted guilt on two charges of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .15 or above, causing death.
Orrego-Savala is slated to be sentenced on Sept. 14. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 16 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
Prosecutors dropped two counts of failing to remain at the scene of the accident in a plea deal.
Orrego-Savala had a BAC of 0.19 — more than twice Indiana’s legal limit of .08 — when his truck crashed into the 26-year-old Jackson and 54-year-old driver Jeffrey Monroe shortly before 4 a.m. on Feb. 4. The accident happened as the two men stood on the shoulder of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.
Police investigators said Monroe was transporting Jackson and had pulled the car over when Jackson became ill. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner’s Office.
Orrego-Savala was deported from the U.S. in both 2007 and 2009. He was again in the country illegally at the time of the crash, which prompted president Donald Trump to chime in.
“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!” Trump tweeted.
Jackson was signed by the Colts on a reserve/future contract in January 2016 after joining the practice squad the previous month. Jackson played in 16 games (starting eight) in 2016 and was placed on injured reserve in September 2017.
—Field Level Media