INDIANAPOLIS – The man accused of driving drunk and killing two people, including an Indianapolis Colts linebacker, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to causing their deaths.
Manuel Orrego Savala admitted to causing the crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe in February. In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop two charges of failure to remain at the scene of an accident.
Savala is accused of having a blood alcohol content of 0.239 percent – three times the legal limit – when the truck he was driving crashed into a vehicle on the shoulder of I-70 near Holt Road on Feb. 4. The collision killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe.
Savala first fled the scene on foot, police said at the time. Troopers located him on the ramp to Holt Road and stopped him, at which point he reportedly admitted he was the driver of the truck.
Savala also faces charges of perjury, forgery, identity deception and false informing out of Boone County for allegedly using the alias of Alex Cabrera Gonsales 2017 for driving without a license. Savala initially identified himself as Cabrera Gonsales to police following the February crash.
Additionally, federal immigration officials have filed charges of illegal re-entry by a previously deported alien against Savala.
A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Savala for Sept. 14 at 1:00 p.m. in Marion County Criminal Court 5. Savala faces up to 16 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
(Photo by Marion Co. Jail.)