*Update* Two People Struck and Killed Along I-70 by a Suspected Drunk Driver

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FOR RELEASE: Upon Receipt

Sgt. John Perrine
Public Information Officer

DATE: February 5th, 2018


Second Update

Indianapolis, IN - Investigators from the Indiana State Police continue to look into the circumstances of the fatal crash that claimed the lives of Jeffrey Monroe and Edwin Jackson. 

Detectives have determined the driver of the Ford F-150 was using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales. His given name is Manuel Orrego-Savala and he a citizen of Guatemala by birth. 37 year old Orrego-Savala is in the United States illegally and has previously been deported on two occasions, in 2007 and again in 2009. State police investigators are working with U.S. Federal Immigration Officials and they have placed a hold on Orrego-Savala. 

He has been arrested and is being held in the Marion County Jail. Investigators will work with the Marion County Prosecutor's Office to file criminal charges in this case. This continues to be an ongoing investigation and there is no further information available at this time.

A mug photo of Manuel Orrego-Savala is attached.

Suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. 

*Original release along with first update below*


Indianapolis, IN - The victims of this morning's fatal crash on I-70 have been identified by the Marion County Coroner's Office. Their families have been notified.

The driver of the 2018 Lincoln that had stopped on the side of the road was 54 year old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon Indiana. It is believed he was a ride sharing operator who was transporting a passenger and the passenger became ill. Mr. Monroe pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car to assist the passenger. 

The passenger in the Lincoln was identified as 26 year old Edwin Jackson of Atlanta Georgia.

Both occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Marion County Coroner's Office.

*Original release below*

Indianapolis, IN - Two people are dead after being struck by an alleged drunk driver along I-70 just west of Holt Road. A state trooper discovered the wreckage just before 4 o'clock this morning.

Preliminary investigation determined a passenger car was stopped on the side of I-70 near the 76.4 mile marker and both occupants were standing outside the car. A black Ford F-150 drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck the rear of the car also striking both people. One of the people struck was thrown into the center lane of I-70. 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. Mays then spotted the wreckage 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. 

The driver of the pick-up truck, who identified himself as 37 year old Alex Cabrera Gonsales of Indianapolis, fled the scene on foot. He was apprehended shortly after on the ramp to Holt Road by Trooper Mays. It is believed Gonsales was intoxicated and was driving without a license. He was transported to the Marion County Jail, the result of the test for intoxication is pending. 

The identities of the two victims is being withheld until proper notification to family can be made. Weather is not believed to be a factor in this crash. All lanes of I-70 westbound remain closed at Holt Road and are anticipated to be reopened before 11:00 a.m.

This is an ongoing investigation with no further information to release at this time. 

All suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court. 


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