Suspect in crash that killed Colts player, Uber driver faces 4 felony counts
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The man accused of killing a Colts player and an Uber driver during a drunk-driving crash this weekend faces multiple charges in connection with the case.
According to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Manuel Orrego-Savala was charged with two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident and two counts of causing death when operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration of .15 or more.
Prosecutors said Orrego-Savala, an undocumented immigrant who has been deported from the U.S. twice, crashed his truck on I-70 near Holt Road early Sunday morning. The driver, Jeffrey Monroe, and passenger, Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, were standing outside their vehicle when Orrego-Savalas’ truck hit them.
A test showed his blood-alcohol content was nearly three times Indiana’s legal limit of .08.
Investigators said Orrego-Savala, who was in the country illegally, left the scene. An Indiana State trooper later apprehended him. He appeared in court Wednesday for an initial hearing.
“We’re going to treat this as any other case where someone has lost their life,”chief trial deputy for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Ryan Mears said.
Orrego-Savala also faces a federal immigration charge, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. However, Marion county Prosecutors say they will pursue the state charges before deferring to federal prosecutors.
“Getting a criminal cased resolved often times is helpful to the family and their grieving process, working through that process, so we expected to move forward first on the state charges, and then we’ll defer to federal authorities on any immigration issues,” Mears said.
After the hearing, Orrego-Savala’s attorney, Jorge Torres, told CBS4 that he was concerned Orrego-Savala’s immigration status would overshadow the case; adding that “representation in court doesn’t mean he’s going to have a fair trial.”
“ I have concerns about that for the fact that he is an illegal immigrant and the people know it,” Torres said.
Torres said he is the same attorney that represented Orrego-Savala when he was convicted of driving without a license in 2017 in Boone County.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Orrego-Savala on March 27th.
Editor’s note: Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that the suspect’s last name was spelled “Zavala.” During Wednesday’s hearing, he and his attorney said his name was spelled “Savala.” The judge ordered all other spellings to be taken off court documents.