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Edna man killed in 18-wheeler wreck was outgoing, loved his family

By Camille Doty
July 14, 2012 at 2:14 a.m.
Updated July 15, 2012 at 2:15 a.m.

Michael Villela, 38, of Edna, was killed early Saturday morning when his 18-wheeler hit a tree off Alternate U.S. 77, near the Edgar community. He was thrown from the truck. Edgar is between Yoakum and Cuero in DeWitt County.

Michael Villela, 38, of Edna, was killed Saturday morning when he was ejected from an 18-wheeler, which hit a tree.

"It appears he may have fallen asleep," said Trooper Mark Zigmond with the Department of Public Safety in Cuero.

Zigmond confirmed Villela died on scene. He was driving a truck for Basic Energy Services.

Villela, who was alone in the truck, was pronounced dead at 6:50 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Peggy Mayer in DeWitt County. She did not order an autopsy.

He was traveling on Alternate U.S. Highway 77 North in the Edgar community when the 18-wheeler crossed the center lines and crashed into a tree.

Edgar is between Cuero and Yoakum in DeWitt County.

The family was shocked by the news.

"We're doing how anybody would be right now - not good," said Heather Wood, Villela's sister-in-law, of Edna.

Villela leaves behind his wife and best friend, Desirey Hernandez.

"He was her life, and she was his," Wood said.

Villela was a funny and outgoing man, who loved his six children who range in age from 2 to 15 years, she added.

Their favorite activity was watching movies and eating popcorn and pickles.

He took his family to see "The Amazing Spider-Man," last week.

Wood said the family is in financial need to help prepare for the funeral expenses and plan to set up an account with TDECU.

The funeral is pending at Oaklawn Funeral Home in Edna.

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