Texas A&M University offensive lineman Joseph Villavisencio was killed yesterday in a two-car crash as he drove home after delivering gifts to families at a mission, the College Station, Texas-based school said.
Villavisencio, 22, swerved to avoid a buzzard on a highway south of Normangee, Texas, and drove into the path of an 18-wheel tractor trailer, the school said. He was a senior majoring in radiological health engineering.
“Joey V. was a tremendous person and a great Aggie,” athletic director Bill Byrne said in a statement. “He epitomized selfless service in making Texas A&M a better football team. He was an excellent student and just a great kid.”
Earlier in the day, Villavisencio and teammates delivered gifts purchased by the team to families at the Twin City Mission in Bryan, Texas.
“The world lost a very special person today,” former Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said on the team’s website. “Although his life on this earth was way too short, his impact on the people he met will be everlasting.”
Villavisencio is survived by his parents, Christine and Jose, and his sister, Mikeala.
The Aggies, who finished pre-bowl workouts yesterday, face Northwestern University in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas at Houston’s Reliant Stadium on Dec. 31.