A 38-year-old Victoria man died Friday morning in a car crash on U.S. 87, 2.5 miles south of Cuero, said Sgt. Ruben San Miguel, spokesman of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Robert Anthony Ybarbo was riding in the front passenger seat of a 2007 Chrysler 300 when it struck a semi-trailer as it came to a stop before turning right into a mechanic shop at 11:25 a.m, San Miguel said. He was declared dead at the scene at 11:32 a.m. by Peggy Mayer, DeWitt County Precinct 1 justice of the peace.

Another passenger in the Chrysler, James Keith Sheffield, 38, of Victoria, was airlifted from the scene to San Antonio Medical Center and was listed in serious condition as of 8 p.m. Friday, San Miguel said.

Mark Rosenberg reports on rural community life for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He can be reached at or 361-574-1264 or on Twitter at @markrosenberg32. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to

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Mark Rosenberg writes about rural community life for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He covers Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, and Refugio counties. Questions or tips? Contact: or call 361-574-1264.

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