The community is mourning the death of a lifelong Stephenville resident.
Teofilo "Pedro" Aguilar, 62, was killed Thursday afternoon as he was driving north on Lockhart Road in his Chevrolet truck when it was struck by an eastbound train. Stephenville police were dispatched to the accident at 4:43 p.m., according to Lt. Doug McClammy, who said Aguilar was pronounced dead at the scene.
Aguilar had just left Green's Creek Nursery when the accident occurred, according to Brad Allen, who owns the nursery.
Aguilar, who co-workers affectionately called "Don Pedro," was a supervisor at the nursery where he was a longtime employee, Allen said.
"Don" is a term of honor and respect used by the Latin American community.
"He was working out there in 1988 when I bought it from Wolfe Nursery," Allen said. "Pedro was a wonderful person and excellent nurseryman. He loved plants and could grow fruit and pecan trees. It was his career."
Aguilar and his wife, Heather, a long-time employee of Peacock's Restaurant on Lingleville Road, reportedly have an extended family in the area.
Allen said Aguilar attended St. Brendan's Catholic Church, where he passed the offering plate every Sunday.
"He was a very gentle, kind man," Allen said. "This is a tragedy for us all. He was a fine, fine man."