Woman drove dead husband home to honor wishes

Posted at 12:57 PM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 15:57:07-05

An El Cajon woman told 10News she drove her dead husband from Texas to San Diego County to honor his wishes.

Cheryl Guerrero said her husband, Vincent, wanted to be buried in San Diego County and driving back to California was the only affordable option.

"He was a fantastic provider," said Guerrero, who fought back tears reminiscing about her husband who went by Benny.

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Guerrero said Benny was a man who cared about his family and his country. He served in the Korean War.

The two drove an RV to Houston to visit family for Thanksgiving. About a week after the holiday, Guerrero said Benny got sick and became unresponsive in the RV during a shopping trip.

"We went in there to buy some clothes. That's when he was unconscious [when] I came back," said Guerrero.

Benny's daughter gave 10News home video of his hospital stay in Houston. His extended family was by his side, entertaining him. They say he had multiple strokes and a blood clot.

"I never would've thought," said Guerrero. "There was no signs there, no signs of a stroke."

After about the ninth day in the hospital, Guerrero said her husband was still unresponsive and she honored his wishes by taking him off life support and driving him home to San Diego.

"They all knew I would be bringing him home; everybody did," she said.

Benny passed away near San Antonio. Guerrero continued the hard drive back -- about 1,200 miles -- with her husband dead in the back seat.

"He wanted certain things done, as far as a burial; he wanted to be buried whole," she said.

The family has set up a Go Fund Me account for help with burial and hospital expenses.

"That would help a lot," said Guerrero.

Benny will have military honors at his services this week.

La Mesa police said everything Guerrero did is perfectly legal.