The Colts released the following statement regarding the terrible news of Edwin Jackson‘s passing.
“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing. Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality. He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths, and he will be greatly missed in our locker room and throughout our entire organization. We also understand that another person lost his life in the accident, only adding to our sorrow on this day. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time.”
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Police say Jackson and another man were standing near a stopped vehicle when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck both of them.
Investigators reportedly believe the other mane was a ride-sharing operator who pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car to assist Jackson, who became ill.
“One of the people struck was thrown into the center lane of I-70,” Sgt. John Perrine said in a statement. “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.”
“As he slowed to stop for the crash he struck the body of the victim in the center lane,” Perrine said in a statement.
The driver of the pickup truck tried to flee the scene on foot, but was apprehended shortly after on the ramp.
“It is believed [the driver] was intoxicated and was driving without a license,” Perrine said in a statement. “He was transported to the Marion County Jail, the result of the test for intoxication is pending.“
Jackson, 26, originally signed on with the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Southern back in 2015. He was waived a few months later and eventually signed to the Colts’ practice squad.
Indianapolis brought him back each of the past two seasons on futures contracts.
For his career, Jackson appeared in 16 games for the Colts and recorded 66 tackles and two sacks.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jackson’s family following this terrible news.