Suspected drunk driver charged in gruesome McAllen crash that claimed man’s life

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Angela Villarreal

A woman is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into another vehicle in McAllen after a night of drinking tequila, according to police. The driver of the other vehicle she struck was killed.

Angela Mia Villarreal was arrested Friday, May 6, after McAllen police officers allege she had been driving while intoxicated, causing her to rear-end another vehicle, a police affidavit stated.

The arrest stems from a crash that occurred at around 11:52 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the 9700 block of North 10th Street in McAllen, where police found a vehicle “fully engulfed in flames” and another vehicle with damage to its front end that was described in the affidavit as “extensive.”

Both drivers were still in the vehicle when the authorities arrived, according to the affidavit.

Witnesses at the scene told authorities that both vehicles were traveling northbound on the outside lane of North 10th Street. The driver of a red Mazda 3, later identified as Villarreal, struck a maroon 2001 Chevrolet Trailblazer from behind, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a wooden telephone post, the affidavit said.

The driver of the Trailblazer was identified as Agustin Molina Uribe, who police said was “burned beyond recognition” as a result of the vehicle catching fire in the crash. A justice of the peace pronounced Uribe, who police have not provided additional identifiable information for, dead as of 1:02 a.m.

One witness claimed Villarreal was traveling at a rate of 80 to 95 miles per hour and continued to travel northbound until she crashed into a tree, over a concrete island and ended up on the opposite side of the median, according to the affidavit.

Police said in the affidavit that Villarreal, who complained about pain in her wrists, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled like alcohol. After conducting sobriety tests, officers determined she had been drinking.

Villarreal, the affidavit further stated, also agreed to provide a breath and blood specimen and admitted to police that she had been driving her vehicle after drinking tequila at Oak Texas Bar and ‘76 Bar and Kitchen in McAllen — having two drinks at the former and three at the latter.

Crime scene investigators also processed the scene.

She was released May 7 on a $75,000 bond for intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle.