Pearsall officer dies in wreck, two sent via AirLife



Officer Michael Villarreal lost his life in the two-vehicle crash. Hwy 97 was closed for several hours while law enforcement officers investigated.

Officer Michael Villarreal lost his life in the two-vehicle crash. Hwy 97 was closed for several hours while law enforcement officers investigated.

Pearsall Police Officer Michael Villarreal was killed in a two-vehicle head-on collision with a 1-ton pickup pulling a trailer on Sunday afternoon in Dobrowolski. The wreck happened around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. He was pronounced dead at the scene according to Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward.

A 17-year-old juvenile prisoner, being transferred to the Atascosa County Jail, was taken by AirLife to University Hospital.

The driver of the truck, Anthony Cantu, 50, from Three Rivers was also AirLifed. Both had incapacitating injuries, according to DPS spokesman Trooper Deon Cockrell.

The wreck is under investigation by the DPS and were assisted by several Atascosa County Sheriff’s deputies.


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