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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson killed by suspected drunk driver

Edwin Jackson (26), a top NFL player, was killed in a suspected drunken driving case hours before Super Bowl. According to reports, the Indianapolis Colts linebacker was hit by a suspected drunk driver along the side of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis on Feb. 4, 2018.

As per the police, Jackson and another person, Jeffery Monroe of Avon, were standing near a stopped vehicle when they were badly hit by a black Ford F-150 pickup. Monroe was a ride-sharing operator who was helping Jackson when he fell ill. Monroe had pulled over to the side of the highway and got out of the vehicle to help Jackson when they both were hit.

The police said that the pickup was driven by 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales from Indianapolis. He was believed to be intoxicated and was driving without a license. After the tragic incident, Gonsales allegedly tried to flee the scene but was apprehended shortly by Trooper Ty Mays. He was later transported to the Marion County Jail. The results of his intoxication are still pending.

A high school football star and state-championship-finalist wrestler in Atlanta, Jackson had previously played for the Arizona Cardinals. Expressing grief and shock at the incident, the Indianapolis Colts issued a statement, describing him being “loved and well-respected by all in the Colts organization” and someone who will be greatly missed “in the locker room and throughout entire organization.” Jackson was known as an “outgoing personality” with “competitive spirit and “hard-working mentality.”

Alcohol-impaired fatalities are preventable

A leading cause of death among young people, motor vehicle crashes (MVC) involving an impaired driver claim 28 lives daily, or one life every 51 minutes, in the United States, with the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes amounting to more than $44 billion. As the incident shows, it not just kills the ordinary people, but even claims stars and celebrities’ lives.

As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, 10,265 people succumbed to alcohol-impaired driving crashes, equivalent to nearly 30 percent of traffic-related deaths in the country. Moreover, 1.1 million drivers were arrested in an intoxicated state from alcohol or drugs.

Among the many recommendations made to reduce the number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, a recent report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has recommended lowering the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) threshold from 0.08 to 0.05. Other recommendations included tracking down underage drinking, funding prevention and awareness campaigns, putting limits on alcohol marketing, increasing state-wide taxes on alcohol and making alcohol less conveniently available like by reducing the number of hours and days alcohol is sold in stores.

Path to recovery

Even moderate drinking is known to have adverse effects on one’s psychological and physiological health. But once people get addicted, they become reckless with their actions and indulge in risk-taking behavior that harm not just themselves, but also others. The earlier one decides to seek help, the better are the chances of saving many lives.

If you know someone battling an addiction to alcohol, you should encourage them to lead a sober life. At the 24/7 Recovery Helpline, we can help you or your loved one find the best alcohol addiction treatment options basis your needs. Let our experts help you find an appropriate program for holistic recovery. Call at our 24/7 helpline (855) 441-4405 or chat online with a representative to locate one of the reputed alcohol abuse treatment centers in your vicinity.

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