The NFL has been rocked by a tragedy on Superbowl Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts star Edwin Jackson was killed in a car accident after being struck by a suspected drunken driver along Interstate 70 in Indiana.
The crash happened just before 4 am Sunday morning along the westbound lanes of I-70, just west of Holt Road.
Police said Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon were standing near a stopped vehicle when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and hit them both.
Investigators believe that Monroe was a ride sharing operator who pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car to assist Jackson, 26, who became ill.
Sgt. John Perrine revealed: "One of the people struck was thrown into the center lane of I-70.
"Shortly after the crash, and before any 911 calls were received, Trooper Ty Mays was driving through the area and noticed a vehicle in front of him make an evasive maneuver to the left."
The police official added that Mays then spotted the crash along the right side of the road and activated his emergency lights.
"As he slowed to stop he hit the body of the victim in the center lane," added Perrine.
The driver of the pick-up truck Alex Cabrera Gonsales tried to flee the scene on foot but was apprehended by police nearby.
"It is believed Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license. He was transported to Marion County Jail and the result of his intoxication test is pending," added Perrine.
Jackson, who is originally from Atlanta, signed for the Colts in January 2016 before being placed on injured reserve in Sept 2017.
Nicknamed 'Pound Cake' he was a high school star and state champion wrestler. He attended Georgia Southern University and joined the football team as a walk on, and he previously played for the Arizona Cardinals.
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