"Orrego-Savala is in the United States illegally and has previously been deported on two occasions, in 2007 and again in 2009", Sgt. John Perrine said in a statement. Orrego-Savala, 37, remained jailed Tuesday but had not been formally charged in Sunday's crash along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.
Federal immigration officials have placed a hold on him.
Orrego-Savala was arrested following the crash early Sunday along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.
Jackson and the driver of his ride-share vehicle Jeffrey Monroe were killed Sunday morning after a black Ford F-150 pickup driven by a 37-year-old undocumented immigrant man struck both of them as they were standing on the side of a highway, according to police. "Sessions directed all federal prosecutors 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".
Curry filed felony charges Wednesday against Orrego-Savala. "I don't know why I am here", he was quoted as saying by WIBC.
Court documents allege a blood test conducted at a hospital found him with a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, more than double Indiana's legal limit for driving.
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.
Just learned about the passing of one of my favorite teammates. Trump tweeted. Indiana Republican Rep. Todd Rokita also called for increased vigilance in protecting USA borders and enforcing immigration laws in light of tragic news.
Trump's tweets did not mention Monroe.
A spokesman for Jackson's family has said his relatives are devastated and planned no response to Mr. Trump's tweets about the crash and the suspect's immigration status. "We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this hard time". "This obviously happened so unexpectedly", Atlanta attorney Daniel Meachum said.
Orrego-Savala told an Indianapolis judge Tuesday, through an interpreter: "I wasn't driving the auto".
Orrego-Savala had a 2005 conviction for driving under the influence in Redwood City, California.
The damaged vehicle that cops say Orrego-Savala was driving.. Federal prosecutors spell his name as Orrego-Zavala, but the federal criminal compliant lists "Orrego-Savala" as among his aliases.
Mr. Trump and his allies have seized on the news as a prime example of why they say the country needs tougher immigration laws.
Meyer says he is working with Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry about opening an investigation into possible identity crimes Orrego-Savla may have committed while living in Indiana.