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Body of Puerto Rican taxi driver seated in cab, hands on steering wheel, in unusual wake

  • The body of Victor Perez Cardona is propped up inside his taxi during his wake in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Perez Cardona, 73, a cancer patient and a veteran taxi driver known in the town of Aguas Buenas as 'Vitín the driver', joined the unusual tradition of wakes to honor his profession being veiled as if he were driving his taxi. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    The body of Victor Perez Cardona is propped up inside his taxi during his wake in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Perez Cardona, 73, a cancer patient and a veteran taxi driver known in the town of Aguas Buenas as 'Vitín the driver', joined the unusual tradition of wakes to honor his profession being veiled as if he were driving his taxi. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rafael Perez Cardona, looks his brother Victor Perez Cardona,  whose body was propped up inside his taxi in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Perez Cardona, 73, a cancer patient and a veteran taxi driver known in the town of Aguas Buenas as 'Vitín the driver', joined the unusual tradition of wakes to honor his profession being veiled as if he were driving his taxi. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    Rafael Perez Cardona, looks his brother Victor Perez Cardona, whose body was propped up inside his taxi in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Perez Cardona, 73, a cancer patient and a veteran taxi driver known in the town of Aguas Buenas as 'Vitín the driver', joined the unusual tradition of wakes to honor his profession being veiled as if he were driving his taxi. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)  (The Associated Press)

  • People attend the wake of taxi driver Victor Perez Cardona, whose body is propped up inside his taxi in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Perez Cardona, 73, a cancer patient and a veteran taxi driver known in the town of Aguas Buenas as 'Vitín the driver', joined the unusual tradition of wakes  to honor his profession being veiled as if he were driving his taxi. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

    People attend the wake of taxi driver Victor Perez Cardona, whose body is propped up inside his taxi in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, Sunday, May 24, 2015. Perez Cardona, 73, a cancer patient and a veteran taxi driver known in the town of Aguas Buenas as 'Vitín the driver', joined the unusual tradition of wakes to honor his profession being veiled as if he were driving his taxi. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)  (The Associated Press)

Puerto Rican taxi driver Victor Perez Cardona's final fare was highly unusual: a wreath of flowers for his own funeral.

Honoring his final request, the body of the 73-year-old, who died of cancer, was propped in the seat of his taxi cab, hands locked on the wheel, as if to drive himself to his funeral. A wreath of flowers was in the back seat of the vehicle parked at the funeral home.

Friends and colleagues mourned the man who had driven a taxi for the last 15 years of his life.

"This is a funeral of the people. People have come from all over the island. Some climbed in the taxi with him," said his daughter Generosa Perez Torres.

His body was displayed Sunday and he was buried on Monday.

Since 2008, Puerto Rico has developed a tradition of odd wakes, including a young man mourned seated on his motorcycle, a boxer standing in the ring and an 80-year-old woman sitting in her favorite rocking chair and wearing her old wedding gown.