Los Angeles: Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson was killed Sunday when he was struck by a suspected drink driver in Indiana.
Jackson was killed, along with another man, after a black Ford F-150 pickup struck both of them as they were standing on the side of a highway, The Indianapolis Star newspaper reported.
Indiana police told the newspaper the incident took place in the early morning hours on Sunday, when the truck drove into the emergency shoulder where the men were standing near a stopped vehicle.
“We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson’s passing,” the Colts said in a news release.
“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.”
Police said the 37-year-old driver of the truck tried to flee the scene on foot before being apprehended.
“He was transported to the Marion County Jail, the result of the test for intoxication is pending,” police sergeant John Perrine said in a statement to The Star.
Jackson was signed by the Colts in January 2016. He started eight games in 2016, making 66 tackles.
He was placed on injured reserve in September 2017.