The immigrant accused in the death of an NFL player in a fatal car accident, who resides in the United States illegally, is now facing federal immigration charges.
The Justice Department announced late Tuesday that it has charged 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Zavala with illegally re-entering the U.S. after two prior deportations.
Orrego-Zavala is accused of hitting Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, and his Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe, 54, while driving drunk on a highway early Sunday morning.
Indianapolis State Police revealed shortly after the accident that Orrego-Zavala, a Guatemalan citizen, is in the country illegally and that he had been deported from the U.S. twice – once in 2007 and again in 2009. He has a prior conviction for driving under the influence in California.
Orrego-Zavala has not yet been formally charged in the crash that killed Jackson and Monroe, but is due for an initial court appearance on Wednesday, the Indianapolis Star reported.