Crash Kills Aggie Lineman On Way Home For Christmas

COLLEGE STATION (AP) – Texas A&M senior offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio has been killed in a car accident, according to the university.

Witness reports say that Villavisencio swerved to avoid a buzzard and veered head-on into the path of an 18-wheeler near the town of Normangee about 40 miles from College Station, on Thursday.

Villavisencio spent part of Thursday with the team delivering gifts to families at a local shelter after the Aggies finished their last workout on campus in preparation for next week’s Meineke Car Care Bowl in Houston. Villavisencio was heading to his home in Jacksonville, Texas, at the time of the crash.

Villavisencio saw very limited action in his career with the Aggies, but touched many involved in the program. Former coach Mike Sherman says everyone will remember him as a person “who would do anything for anybody.”

The 22-year-old was a three-year letterman whom athletic director Bill Byrne says “epitomized selfless service” to helping the Aggies improve as a team.

Joseph Villavisencio is survived by his parents and a sister.

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  • susan

    how very sad..not a very merry christmas for his family..may he rest in is always a tragedy when someone so young dies tragically..

  • Bethany

    The Villavisencio family is in my prayers. I mourn when someone dies, but nothing effects me more than our military men and women and former Aggies.

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