Tuesday morning at 11:25, Troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of FM 757 and FM 2767 in Smith County, approximately eight miles east of Tyler. The driver of a 2017 GMC Sierra was traveling south on FM 757, failed to yield the right of way at the intersection, and pulled into the path of a 2019 Peterbilt 337 truck traveling eastbound on FM 2767.
The GMC driver was Juan Manuel Villanueva, 26, of Overton, and paramedics transported him to UT-Health in Tyler in serious condition. Judge Andy Dunklin pronounced a passenger, Sara Vasquez, 53, of Overton, at the scene. Three other passengers, a 13-year-old female, a 15-year-old male, and a 17-year-old male, were also pronounced at the scene.
The driver of the Peterbilt was John Paul Wilkins, 53, of Gladewater. Wilkins is in UT-Health, Tyler, in serious condition.