On the eve of the Super Bowl LII, Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver were killed by an intoxicated illegal immigrant in an auto collision.

The killer’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

Indiana State Police arrested Manuel Orrego-Zavala after he had fled the scene of the crash. Upon his arrest, he claimed to be a Mexican national named Alex G. Cabrera.

That proved to be false when his finger prints showed he was an illegal immigrant who had been twice deported back to his country of Guatemala.

Manuel Orrego-Zavala has been charged with a felony DUI by the state of Indiana, and additional felony immigration charges filed by the Department of Justice.

Breitbart reports:

“The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday night that it filed felony immigration charges against the twice-deported criminal alien charged in the deaths of Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, Jeffrey Monroe. The charge could land the illegal immigrant in federal prison for up to 20 years. United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler announced late Tuesday night that his office filed a criminal complaint against 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Zavala for aggravated illegal re-entry of a previously deported felon, according to a statement provided by the Department of Justice to Breitbart Texas.

“The defendant in this case allegedly re-entered the country illegally for the second time before he put the public safety of Indianapolis at risk and took the lives of two innocent men early Sunday morning,” US Attorney Minkler said in the written statement.

“In April, Attorney General Sessions directed all federal prosecutor to prioritize charging aliens that illegally re-enter the country, especially if they are a risk to public safety or there is a criminal history present. Following the rule of law is the foundation of our American democracy, and my office is committed to fulfilling the Attorney General’s directive.”

In a copy of the criminal complaint the DOJ states that Indiana State Police arrested Orrego-Zavala following a fatal vehicle crash in Interstate 70 near Indianapolis. The suspect fled the scene of the crash and police located him a short time later.

He initially provided false information about his identity, claiming to be a Mexican national named Alex G. Cabrera.

“Homeland Security agents soon learned—through cooperation and information sharing with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department—his true identity was Manuel Orrego-Zavala, a citizen of Guatemala,” the complaint states.

Immigration officers in San Francisco arrested Orrego-Zavala on October 27, 2006. The agents processed the Guatemalan national for removal and on January 17, 2007, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers from ICE returned Orrego-Zavala to his home country.

At that time, officials served him with notice that he could not enter, attempt to enter, or be present in the United States for a period of 10 years.

Despite that warning, ICE-ERO officers again arrested Orrego-Zavala in San Francisco on March 26, 2009. ERO officers transported the criminal alien to Phoenix where they transported him to Guatemala on May 12, 2009. At this time, ERO officers served him with a warning that he is prohibited from re-entering, attempting to re-enter or be physically present in the United States for a period of 20 years.

But this wasn’t Orrego-Zavala’s first encounter with drunk driving. He previously had a 2005 conviction for driving under the influence in Redwood City, California.

He also had numerous other misdemeanor convictions and arrests in California and Indiana, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Nicole Alberico.

In the 2005 case, he pleaded no contest to two separate drunk-driving offenses and was given a brief jail sentence, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Almost forgotten in this tragic story is the Uber driver who was 54-years-old. According to CNN, he was working to make extra money to take his family to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Trump rightfully called the deaths a disgrace.

According to the Federal Register, it costs $31,000 a year to incarcerate a federal prisoner.  So that means taxpayers will pay up to $600,000 to incarcerate Orrego-Zavala once convicted.

Initially drafted by the Cardinals, Edwin Jackson had been with the Colts the last two years and was their #3 tackler this year.

What is most tragic is that the NFL player chose to do the right thing by taking an Uber ride home and not put other lives at risk by drinking and driving.

Here is local coverage of the collision.