SAN ANTONIO – An early morning car accident on Sonterra Boulevard took the life of a college student who just turned 19.
Andres Cabrera was a standout on the Reagan High School football team.
Police believe he was heading to class when he crashed his car just a few blocks from home.
A police report on the accident states his full name as Andres Cabrera Cordero, but the teenager went by Andres Cabrera on Facebook.
The most recent public post on Cabrera’s Facebook page: “So not the way I thought summer would end.”
It was a casual comment that now seems tragically timed.
Just before six Wednesday morning, officers say Cabrera’s car hit another vehicle and he lost control.
"We think maybe he over-steered, over-corrected,” Sgt. Tobe Whitley says. “Caused him to skid."
The other driver was not hurt but Cabrera’s car hit a light pole and a fire hydrant – killing, on impact, a young man who close friends say made an impact at Reagan.
"I was the new kid around here,” friend Cameron Sadler says. “Just – I didn't hang out with him as much as other people did but I knew he was a good kid. He had a big heart, man."
Cabrera played on the football team for four years, mostly as a tight end. Friends say he was a giant on the gridiron but a teddy bear at heart.
"That was his nickname,” friend Patrick Rodo says. “We used to call him Teddy Bear. He's one of the biggest guys but he's literally one of the most caring people you'll ever meet."
"If he saw you at Whataburger or something and you got nothing to eat, he'd buy something for you,” Sadler says.
Friends are planning a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. Wednesday night on the Reagan football field where they say Cabrera’s star shone the brightest.