COLLEGE STATION, Texas – 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 the Meineke Car Care Bowl. 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.