Illegal Guatemalan immigrant charged with drunken car crash

An illegal Guatemalan immigrant has been charged in the drunken car crash that killed Indianapolis Colts' linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver.
By Susan Konig | Feb 10, 2018

On Wednesday, February 6, prosecutors filed felony charges against an immigrant illegally living in the U.S. who is suspected in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver in Indiana three days earlier, according to the Associated Press.


Manuel Orrego-Savala, who is from Guatemala and has twice been deported from the U.S., is charged with causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. The 37-year-old did not say much during his initial court hearing, responding through an interpreter as the judge explained the proceedings and charges.


"He's very distraught to say the least," said his lawyer, Jorge Torres. "He's very confused."


Investigators said Jackson, 26, and his Uber driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, were standing outside Monroe's car along Interstate 70 when they were struck early Sunday by a pickup truck driven by Orrego-Savala. He was arrested shortly after the fatal crash.


According to court documents, a blood test conducted at the hospital found Orrego-Savala had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, more than double Indiana's legal limit for driving. The two most serious charges carry a maximum sentence of up to 20 years each in prison.


Orrego-Savala was deported in 2007 and 2009, and was again living illegally in the U.S. at the time of the crash, according to investigators. He was charged late Tuesday by federal prosecutors with illegal re-entry of a previously deported alien. He faces up to 10 years in prison on that charge, which the U.S. attorney's office said would be handled after any state charges are resolved.

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