Mother says fiery crash victim was pregnant

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - A family's worst nightmare played out along County Road 85 in Prattville Friday.

KeLeigh Noble, a mother of two, died when her car caught fire in a single car crash.

For her mother, Lisa Gray, the grief is often unbearable.

She said, "I've been on a roller coaster of emotions.  I've been angry.  I've been sad."

Now, Lisa says, she not only has to deal with her own sadness, but she also has to find a way to tell her grand kids their mother isn't coming back.

"I'm praying to God and asking for guidance because, right now, I just don't know how to do that."

KeLeigh had spent the past two weeks with Gray, excited by the news that she had a third child on the way.

"We have this family thing that we put the wedding band on a thread, and it tells you if it's a boy or girl. And it was a boy," said Gray.

That Friday night, KeLeigh decided to make a quick trip into town.

"She left here, and that was it," said Gray.

After she left the house, she only made it about three miles down the road before she lost control, slammed into a stop sign, and crashed in an embankment.  That's when her car caught fire.

Her mother says without some sort of divine intervention, the whole situation could have been even worse.

Gray said, "My granddaughter was here, and she left with my grandson.  She got down the road and called me and asked if she could bring her son back and leave him with me while she went into town.  She brought him back, and that's when she left.

When Gray saw the troopers and fire trucks speeding down the road soon after, she immediately knew something was wrong.

She said, "Something in my gut said go.  And I left, drove down the road, and came up on the wreck."

Gray says those images will be hard to forget.  She's holding on to the memories of KeLeigh to make it through-- taking the grieving process one step at a time.

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