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Indianapolis Colts LB Edwin Jackson Killed By Suspected Drunk Driver

An interior view of the Indianapolis Colts stadium.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 31: A general view of the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

An Indianapolis Colts player was struck by a car and killed this morning.

On the day of the Super Bowl, the Indianapolis Colts and the NFL in general suffered a horrific tragedy.

According to a report from the Indianapolis Star, Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was one of two people struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver early this morning.

The accident occurred around 4 a.m. ET along the westbound lanes of I-70 in Indiana. Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffery Monroe were standing near a stopped vehicle when both were hit by a black Ford F-150 pickup truck that veered onto the shoulder.

It is believed that Monroe had pulled to the side of the road to assist Jackson, who had become ill.

The driver of the pickup, identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales of Indianapolis attempted to flee the scene on foot but was apprehended a short time later.

Gonsales was believed to be intoxicated and was driving without a license. He was transported to jail with the results of his intoxication test pending.

Here are some further details from the Star:

"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."

Perrine said Mays then spotted the crash along the right side of the road and activated his emergency lights.

"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 26-year-old Jackson went undrafted out of Georgia Southern in 2015, but spent training camp with the Arizona Cardinals. The Colts signed him to their practice squad in December 2015.

Jackson appeared in all 16 games for Indianapolis in 2016, making eight starts. He contributed 66 tackles and a pair of sacks.

Jackson spent all of the 2017 season on injured reserve.

Our thoughts are with him and his family, as well as the Colts organization.