INDIANAPOLIS —Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD), the Indianapolis Colts and Uber invite the greater Indianapolis community to a candlelight vigil honoring Colts player Edwin Jackson, Uber driver-partner Jeffrey Monroe and all victims of drunk and drugged driving.
Jackson and Monroe lost their lives Sunday, Feb. 4, when an alleged drunk driver struck them on the side of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis. Another Uber driver-partner also was killed in a separate alleged drunk driving crash in a neighboring city of Indianapolis the same day.
The vigil is being held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday at Guion Creek Middle School, 4401 W. 52nd St., Indianapolis. It will also be broadcast live on MADD’s Facebook page.
Representatives of Edwin Jackson's family, along with Colleen Sheehy-Church, MADD's National President, Chris Ballard, the Colts' general manager and Carrol Chang, general manager of Uber, are all expected to be in attendance.
In an e-mail invite, Sheehy-Church said drunk driving — the No. 1 killer on U.S. roads — claims the lives of 29 people a day.
"It's destructive. It's preventable. And it needs to STOP," she wrote.
"In light of this tragedy, I urge you to encourage others to always designate a non-drinking driver if their plans include alcohol," Sheehey-Church continued. "And know that MADD will work hard to ensure that the alleged offender is held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."
Jackson was to be to rest at Lincoln Cemetery, 2275 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30314.
Monroe, meanwhile, was remembered in a service Friday afternoon in Indianapolis. He has been laid to rest at Floral Park Cemetery, 425 N. Holt Road, Indianapolis, IN 46222.