Woman makes plea after crash kills husband, unborn baby
Woman makes plea after crash kills husband, unborn baby
Author: KVUE Staff
Published: 2:14 PM CDT August 11, 2016
Updated: 5:26 PM CDT August 11, 2016
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“As weird as it might sound, it was kind of helpful to hold him … It was like I got a second chance at holding my husband – he looked just like him.”

Kristian Guerrero, 24, speaks these words as she looks back on the Aug. 3 birth of her baby boy. Like all expectant parents, she and her husband, Fabian, couldn’t wait to welcome their first child into the world.What’s meant to be the most incredible experience of a couple’s life, however, is now part of a horrific tragedy that’s rocked the family to its core.

This is the story of an unbelievably strong woman who’s fighting to find light as she walks through the darkest time of her life.


Woman makes plea after crash kills husband, unborn baby

Chapter 1

Back to the beginning

'He was very persistent ... We were inseparable.'

Kristian and her future husband met each other while attending high school in Bryan, Texas. Although they didn’t start dating until a few years later, Kristian felt something special from the moment she laid eyes on him.

“I always had a huge crush on Fabian,” she says of the star soccer player. “But things just never worked out.”

Finally, about three years ago, they became a couple.

“He was very persistent,” Kristian says. “After that, we were inseparable.”

On Nov. 14, 2015, they started their journey as husband and wife.

At the time, both were working and living in Bryan – but Fabian had higher hopes for his bride.

“He was very adamant about me going back to school,” Kristian says.

She always dreamed of getting her cosmetology license and pursuing her passion for makeup artistry.

“He kept telling me to quit my job, but I was scared. So he told me, ‘I’m gonna take care of you. Let me handle this.’ ”

Last December, Fabian started looking into schools for his wife. On a daily basis, he sent her different phone numbers to call and kept pushing her to take the leap of faith.

His perseverance paid off.

“In January,” Kristian says, “he finally made me do it.”

On Feb. 8, she quit her job and began the journey of becoming a cosmetologist just one day later.

“He was on top of me all the time,” Kristian says. “He really, really wanted me to be successful.”

About two months into her classes, an unexpected, but amazing, surprise came their way.

Kristian was pregnant. Although they weren’t actively “trying,” this was a long-awaited blessing.

“We had always talked about how much we wanted a family,” Kristian recalls. “And it was kind of funny because we decided to put it on hold when I went to school. I mean, there were plenty of times when we thought I was pregnant, and I wasn’t, and I was kind of sad. I thought maybe it wasn’t in the cards for us.”

The pregnancy left them both elated.

“We were so excited,” Kristian says. “Fabian would just look at me, look at my stomach and smile. All he wanted was a son.”

The baby was due on New Year’s Eve.

On Aug. 1, Kristian was scheduled for an ultrasound to find out the baby’s sex. At the last minute, however, they decided to make it a surprise and planned a gender-reveal party, leaving Fabian’s sister in charge of the secret.

“It was supposed to happen Aug. 8,” she says of the reveal.

But it never happened.

Chapter 2

The moment their world went dark

'I remember her coming toward us, thinking I needed to get away from her.'

On Aug. 2, Kristian and Fabian traveled to San Antonio, Texas. He was working toward getting his United States residency, a longtime dream that finally came to fruition years after emigrating from Mexico.
An ultrasound picture of the Guerreros' baby, who lost his life after the Aug. 2 crash.
An ultrasound picture of the Guerreros' baby, who lost his life after the Aug. 2 crash.

“He got approval that day,” Kristian says. “He worked so hard to do it the right way.”

After a celebratory lunch, the couple headed home, reliving the excitement of the day and anticipating the future as they drove down Highway 21.

Kristian was behind the wheel, driving through San Marcos.

That’s when their world went dark.

“A driver was swerving while coming toward us,” Kristian recalls. “The actual hit … I don’t know if I passed out from my head injury or what. I just remember her coming toward us, thinking I need to get away from her.”

Kristian’s Toyota Corolla collided head-on with a Chevrolet Impala, driven by 21-year-old Texas State student Shana Elliot, who was returning from a day of tubing on the river.

She allegedly had been drinking beer and liquor prior to the crash.

The next thing Kristian remembers is waking up, trying to open her eyes through the blood soaking her face.

“I was thinking to myself that everything was going to be OK,” she recalls. “I saw that the whole windshield was gone, but I wasn’t in any pain – I don’t know if it was shock. But I looked down, and there was blood everywhere. I looked at Fabian, and he just looked like he was asleep. I went to grab his hand, and it was really stiff.”

Kristian was transported to St. David's South Austin Medical Center.

“They put me in an ambulance and told me I would find out about Fabian once they got some news,” she recalls. “Everyone kept saying, ‘You’re so strong, you’re doing so good.’ I couldn’t understand why they were telling me all this. I didn’t know it was so bad.”

Kristian suffered a brain bleed, a burn from the seat belt, bruises all over her body - and her baby was in distress.

“When we got to the hospital, they did an ultrasound, and the baby was still alive, but the heartbeat was really low,” she says. “I kept asking for Fabian, and nobody would tell me anything. Then, the cop came in, and sent everyone out of the room. That’s when they told me.”

Chapter 3

Facing death, moving forward

'I can't live out his dreams, but I can make sure I do everything he wanted me to do. It's the best way to honor him and honor my son.'

Fabian was dead. Later that night, Kristian learned her baby had also passed away.

She then had to deliver her stillborn son without her husband by her side.

“And as weird as it might sound,” Kristian explains, “it was kind of helpful to hold him. It was like I got a second chance at holding my husband – he looked just like him.”

Shanna Elliott has since been charged with intoxication assault and two counts of intoxication manslaughter. She’s being held in jail with a bond set at $185,000. But no money can bring back the lives that were lost – or the pieces of Kristian’s heart that will remain forever broken.

“My husband liked to have a good time and drink, but he never put any lives in danger,” she says. “For someone to come in and take his life … it’s hard. He had that respect for everyone else in the world, on the road, and it’s just sad that somebody else didn’t.”

Right now, it’s impossible for Kristian to think about the future. She just wants to make sure that her husband’s legacy is honored and that this horrific tragedy serves as a wake-up call.

“Really all I can ask is that, I just hope this keeps somebody else from making the same mistake,” she explains. “I lost something so precious to me, and I know that (Shanna Elliott) is lost because she’s in jail, and her life is over. But I feel like I’m in jail, too. My life is over. I feel like my husband had so much to give the world and his family, and she took that away from us. Everybody loses.”

Fabian is being laid to rest on Aug. 12 at Central Baptist Church in Bryan. The family has set up a Go Fund Me page to help with expenses.

As for Kristian, she’s trying to focus on making her family proud.

Despite this unfathomable loss, she’s going back to school – and won’t stop until she graduates.

“I have to,” Kristian says. “I can’t live out his dreams, but I can make sure I do everything he wanted me to do. It’s the best way to honor him and honor my son.”