Raul Cabrera

20-year-old Raul Cabrera was killed in a McMinn County wreck on Saturday.

A former Sequoyah High School student was killed and two more injured in a single-vehicle accident on County Road 580 near Athens late Saturday evening.

Cynthia Villarreal, 20, of Etowah, was driving a 2016 Dodge Charger above the posted speed limit of 55 miles per hour in the northbound lane of County Road 580 just before midnight Saturday.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol's preliminary report, Villarreal said she swerved to miss an animal, which caused the car to go down an embankment to the right, where it struck a tree. The vehicle then spun around, causing one passenger, Raul Cabrera, age 20, of Athens and a former Sequoyah High student, to be ejected from the vehicle. Cabrera, who was not wearing a safety belt, was pronounced dead.

Both Villarreal and the other passenger were injured in the incident.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.