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Pearsall Officer Killed in Head-On Collision

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

head-on collision in Atascosa County has left a South Texas police officer dead and two people in critical condition.

About the South Texas Crash

According to KIII-TV, the collision occurred Sunday on Highway 97 about 5 miles west of Jourdanton.

Officer Michael Villarreal, 51, was transporting a 15-year-old boy to a juvenile facility when a pickup collided with his patrol car.

Villarreal was killed in the collision. The teenager and the driver of the pickup were both transported to a San Antonio hospital where they were listed in critical condition.

Authorities are working to determine the cause of the collision.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,377 people were killed in auto accidents in Texas in 2013 – this averages to one death every 2 hours and 36 minutes.
  • 1,883 deaths were linked to crashes that occurred in rural areas of the state and 523 people were killed in head-on collisions.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents with 89,270 people suffering serious injuries.
  • A reportable crash occurred every 71 seconds.


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