Many people make use of ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft as a part of their plans when they go out to dinner or to drink. Several cities have shown a decline in drunken driving arrests since Uber or Lyft became available in their locations, though a direct link may not be proven. While it is always safer to use a designated driver or the Uber or Lyft app after a night of drinking, unfortunately, not everyone does so. CBS 46 reports on a man who has pleaded guilty in the DUI death of an Atlanta-born professional football player and his Uber driver.
On February 4th, Indiana Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson had hired an Uber driver to get him home. His driver was 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe. Sometime during the trip, Jackson began feeling ill and asked Monroe to pull over. Both men got out of the car on the shoulder.
This was when a pickup truck driven by 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Salvala struck both Jackson and Monroe, as well as Monroe’s car.
The driver attempted to flee on foot but was quickly captured. At the time of the accident, authorities say that Orrego-Salvala had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19%.
Both Monroe and Jackson died of the injuries that were sustained in the crash.
On July 20th, Orrego-Salvala pleaded guilty to two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of .15% or more causing death.
Jackson attended Georgia Southern University and was signed by the Cardinals in 2015. He was released a few months later but was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts in December 2015.
Sentencing is scheduled to take place on September 14th. Orrego-Salvala faces the possibility of 16 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
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