Charges Filed in Deaths of Edwin Jackson, Jeffrey Monroe
INDIANAPOLIS-- Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry filed criminal charges Wednesday in the Feb. 4 crash that killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe.
Manuel Orrego-Zavala (aka Manuel Orrego-Savala/Alex Cabrera Gonsales), 37, of Guatemala, faces the following felony charges:
- 2 Counts of Failure to Remain at the Scene of an Accident
- 2 Counts of Causing Death While Operating a Motor Vehicle with an Alcohol Concentration of .15 or More
Orrego-Zavala is accused of crashing his Ford F-150 pickup truck into the vehicle of Jeffrey Monroe, which was stopped on the shoulder of I-70 near Holt Road early Sunday morning. Monroe and Jackson were standing outside the car at the time of the crash.
Court documents say Orrego-Zavala got out of his truck and ran from the scene, but was apprehended and arrested by an Indiana State Police Trooper.
During the course of the initial investigation, police discovered that Orrego-Zavala is in the country illegally and has been deported twice before: once in 2007 and again in 2009. He was also convicted of a DUI in California in 2005.
Prosecutor Curry says his office will "vigorously prosecute" the case:
"We will vigorously prosecute this matter, just like any comparable crime, not because of the immigration status of an accused, but because two innocent men lost their lives in this horrible incident.
We are disheartened that ghoulish and inappropriate public commentary has politicized this tragedy. Much of such commentary, including tweets by the President, fails to acknowledge that both Edwin Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe lost their lives on Sunday. We will simply seek justice on behalf of the families of those two victims.”
Orrego-Zavala appeared in court Wednesday for an initial hearing.
He also faces federal charges of re-entering the country illegally.
See the list of charges filed in State of Indiana vs. Manuel Orrego-Zavala:
(Photo by RTV6; charging document courtesy of the Marion Co. Prosecutor's Office.)