Investigators believe Jackson may have gotten sick during the ride and that Monroe exited the vehicle to help him before they were both struck by the oncoming vehicle.
Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe, a 54-year-old ride-share operator, were near a stopped auto on the shoulder when a truck driven by a man police identified as Alex Cabrera Gonsales of Indianapolis hit the rear of the vehicle and both men shortly before 4 a.m., according to a police report.
37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales was arrested by police after attempting to flee.
The passenger in the Lincoln was identified as 26-year-old Edwin Jackson of Atlanta Georgia.
The Colts organization and owner Jim Irsay have both released statements expressing their sorrow following Jackson's passing and their support for Jackson's family and friends. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality.
He was all around regarded among all with whom he ran into each other, and he will be extraordinarily missed in our locker room and all through our whole association. Jackson was on the Colts' roster again last season, but he spent the entire year on the injured reserve list.More news: Budget philosophy in overall national interest: Jaitley
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We likewise comprehend that someone else lost his life in the mischance, just including to our distress this day. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this hard time.
"One of the people struck was thrown into the center lane of I-70", Indiana State Police noted in its release. ISP says before any 911 calls about the wreck were received, Trooper Ty Mays saw a vehicle make an evasive move to the left.
Mays spotted the crash on the right side of the road before activating his emergency lights, Perrine said.
"As he slowed to stop for the crash he struck the body of the victim in the center lane", Perrine said in a statement.
Police say Gonsales was also driving without a license. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this hard time. 'He was transported to the Marion County Jail, the result of the test for intoxication is pending'. The Georgia Southern product and Atlanta native entered the National Football League as an undrafted free agent with the Cardinals in 2015.
Jackson joined the Colts late in the 2015 season but did not appear in a game.