Probation given in fatal wreck case

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, January 12, 2019
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A Decatur man who caused a fatal wreck near Cottondale in the summer of 2017 pleaded guilty this week to criminal negligent homicide.

Christoval Reynal Villarreal, 33, entered the plea Monday in 271st District Court in Decatur and was sentenced to five years deferred adjudication, according to court records. Villarreal will have to abide by the standard terms of probation, including not receiving any traffic citations for speeding 20 mph or more over the speed limit.

The court records did not indicate any community service time, jail time or restitution was required.

The wreck happened July 12, 2017, at the intersection of Farm Roads 51 and 2123.

According to investigators, Villarreal was stopped on FM 2123 facing east. A Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Coby McNabb, 30, of Weatherford was southbound on FM 51. Villarreal pulled into the path of McNabb’s vehicle, and the two collided.

McNabb died at the scene. Villarreal was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries.

Villarreal was indicted for the state jail felony charge of criminal negligent homicide Oct. 19, 2017. According to the indictment, Villarreal failed to yield the right of way to McNabb, resulting in McNabb’s death.

Villarreal was arrested Nov. 9, 2017, and released the same day after posting $1,500 bond.

The intersection where the fatal wreck occurred has been the site of numerous serious or fatal wrecks over the years. In nearly every case, the driver eastbound on Farm Road 2123 has either run the stop sign or pulled out in front of traffic on Farm Road 51, which does not require northbound or southbound traffic to stop at the intersection. The latest serious wreck happened Jan. 5 when three people were transported to area hospitals with serious to critical injuries.

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