Lawrence Co. sheriff investigating crash after woman's death

Published: Jun. 29, 2015 at 6:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2015 at 6:27 PM CDT
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Family members of a Lawrence County woman said she died in her bed hours after being involved in a wreck.

Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said his office is investigating the crash, which family members said happened Saturday evening on County Road 217.

According to family, 20-year-old Kelly Lorance was driving a vehicle with her two children inside when a gray or silver pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet S-10, crossed the center line and struck them.

Lorance reportedly hit her head on the windshield in the collision. Both vehicles left the scene after the wreck.

The woman later told loved ones she had a headache after the wreck but did not seek medical treatment. Family members said the reason she did not go to authorities is because she didn't have a driver's license and was afraid of getting into trouble.

She then went to bed, where she was later found dead. Lorance's 10-year-old sister tried waking her as the young mother's daughters, ages 1 and 2, were in bed with her.

"The babies were crawling all over their mom," said Terry Dial-Bravo, aunt of Lorance's husband. "And the little girl ran next door to get help from a neighbor who came in and verified that Kelly had died in her sleep."

An autopsy is scheduled to determine why Kelly Lorance died. Meanwhile, Sheriff Mitchell confirmed they are investigating the case as an alleged hit-and-run.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department at (256) 974-9291.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist Lorance's children and grieving family members: click here for more information.

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