Suspect in death of Colts player, Uber driver had been deported twice, was in U.S. illegally

Mugshot of Manuel Orrego-Savala. (Provided Photo/ISP)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The man accused of killing a Colts player and an Uber driver while operating under the influence was in the country illegally and had twice been deported.

37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala was using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales when he was arrested. According to Indiana State Police, he had been deported in 2007 and 2009 and was in the U.S. illegally. The Guatemalan citizen is being held for U.S. Federal Immigration Officials and is currently in the Marion County Jail. He was also driving without a license.

Jeff Monroe and his wife, in a picture taken last July in Las Vegas. (Provided Photo/Steve Duety)

The crash killed Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson, 26, and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe of Avon.

They had pulled to the side of I-70 near Holt Road because Jackson had become ill. Police say Orrego-Savala hit Jackson and Monroe just before 4 a.m. in a black Ford F-150. One victim was thrown from crash onto the center lane of I-70. That victim was later struck by an ISP trooper who was responding to the crash.

Orrego-Savala tried to flee the scene on foot and was arrested on the ramp to Holt Road by an ISP trooper.

“It appears that somebody got behind the wheel of a vehicle after having consumed alcohol and now we have tragic consequences that are going to affect many, many lives because of somebody’s poor decision,” said Sgt. John Perrine with Indiana State Police.

Mugshot of Orrego-Zavala from a 2017 arrest in Boone County.
(Provided Photo/Boone County Jail)

Court documents acquired by 24-Hour News 8 indicate that Orrego-Savala had a BAC of .239 and was identified through a Mexican Consulate Identification Card, which had his alias on it. The documents also state that the truck driven by Orrego-Savala belongs to a Juan Rojas Benigno.

24-Hour News 8 was also able to find past court records for a Alex Cabrera Gonsales with a date of birth that matches the one listed in online jail records. According to the records, he pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle without ever having received a license in September 2017 in Boone County. Records show he received a jail sentence of two days and received credit for one day.

Records from the 2017 arrest show that he was pulled over for failing to stop completely at a stop sign. The documents show he presented both an Indiana identification card and a Mexico identification card.

Orrego-Savala faces preliminary charges that include causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent of .08 or more, operating a motor vehicle without ever receiving a license and operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, according to online records.