Suspect in fatal Colts Uber crash now faces federal immigration charges

by Antonio Miles February 8, 2018, 0:26
Suspect in fatal Colts Uber crash now faces federal immigration charges

Orrego-Savala was taken to jail and "accused of driving without a license and on suspicion of intoxicated driving", CNN reported. Orrego-Savala, an immigrant illegally living in the US, was charged with four felony counts related to the Sunday crash along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.

Both men were standing outside the auto when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them and the back of the vehicle. Court documents list his blood alcohol level at 0.19, which is more than double the state's legal limit (0.08), according to the AP. "Sessions directed all federal prosecutors to prioritize charging aliens that illegally re-enter the country, especially if they are a risk to public safety or there is a criminal history present".

Police say Jackson was the passenger in an Uber when he got sick at around 4 a.m. Monroe pulled over in the westbound lanes of I-70 near Holt Road to help him.

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.

Immigration charges against Orrega-Zavala will remain pending until his charges in Marion County are investigated and concluded.

Much of such commentary, including tweets by the President, fails to acknowledge that both Edwin Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe lost their lives on Sunday.

"A twice-deported illegal immigrant is suspected of killing 2 Hoosiers, including Colts LB Edwin Jackson", Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., tweeted on Monday.

Neither the federal complaint or local court documents shed light on when Orrego-Savala re-entered the US or when - or why - he traveled to Indiana. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies.

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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 then made his way back to the U.S., where ICE arrested him again in March 2009, and deported him for the second time that May.

Both Jackson and Monroe were killed.

Unfortunately, Jackson's death is now being used as a political prop for the administration.

Torres also said that Orrego-Savala's immigration status has no bearing on the crash case.

Jackson, who grew up in Atlanta, started eight games for the Colts during the 2016 season, finishing third on the team with 61 tackles.

"We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality", the Colts said in a release. This is a great loss for the entire IN community. "We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this hard time".


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