Donald Trump uses death of NFL player Edwin Jackson to pressure Democrats on border

Donald Trump uses death of NFL player Edwin Jackson to pressure Democrats on border

Donald Trump uses death of NFL player Edwin Jackson to pressure Democrats on border

Updated 7 February 2018, 11:55 AEDT

US President Donald Trump takes to Twitter to call the car accident that claimed the life of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson "disgraceful".

US President Donald Trump has used the death of an NFL footballer allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant to ramp up pressure on the Democrats to support his border policies.

Mr Trump took to Twitter to call an accident, involving an allegedly drunk driver, that claimed the life of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson "disgraceful".

He also urged the Democrats to "get tough on the border".

Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, had been deported twice — in 2007 and 2009 — according to Indiana State Police.

The driver, who had been using the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales, is a citizen of Guatemala.

Mr Orrego-Savala was driving the truck that struck and killed Jackson and ride-sharing operator Jeffrey Monroe.

Mr Orrego-Savala was arrested after trying to flee the scene on foot, according to police, who also said the 37-year-old was intoxicated.

He is currently being held in the Marion County (Indiana) jail, and police are working with US federal immigration officials to determine their next step.

Police are also working with the prosecutor's office to file criminal charges.

The crash happened shortly before 4:00am along I-70, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Police said Jackson, 26, and Mr Monroe, 54, were standing near a stopped vehicle when a pickup truck drove onto the highway shoulder and struck them both.

Police said that Mr Monroe was driving and had pulled to the side of the road and got out of the car to assist Jackson, who became ill.

Mr Monroe and Jackson were pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner's Office.

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