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Suspect In NFL Player's Death Charged In Crash

Prosecutors filed criminal charges Wednesday morning against Manuel Orrego-Zavala.
Posted at 3:04 PM, Feb 07, 2018

Prosecutors filed criminal charges Wednesday morning against the man suspected of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson and his driver, Jeffrey Monroe. 

Manuel Orrego-Zavala faces two counts of causing death while driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or more and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident.

The crash happened early Sunday. Indiana State Police say Orrego-Zavala is in the U.S. illegally and has been deported twice before — once in 2007 and again in 2009. 

Because of this, he also faces federal immigration charges for illegal re-entry after previously being deported. 

On Tuesday, prosecutors in a different Indiana county announced while using a different name in 2017, Orrego-Zavala was charged with and pleaded guilty to driving without receiving a license. 

President Donald Trump tweeted about Jackson's death Tuesday, calling for tougher immigration standards and border security. But Jackson's roommate told CBS the linebacker wouldn't have wanted his death politicized.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN