Crash victim's family shares heartbreak, says single-mother left 4-year-old son behind

FRESNO, Calif. - "It always seems to happen to the good ones."

A framed photograph, pictures, now treasures to the family of 29-year-old Rita Gray.

Gray was killed in an early-morning crash Thursday, her car somehow hitting this massive transmission tower near Marks and Emerson avenues, knocking it into the power lines of the tower beside it.

"When the power went out, we had no idea, that was her," Gray's uncle Vincent Diaz said. "It wasn't until I got the phone call this morning."

Diaz speaking with us, tearfully reading a statement. 

"The hardest part has been actually watching a 4-year-old little boy, having, trying to explain to him that his mother's gone," Diaz said. "That's going to be the biggest and hardest part for all of us."

Some of these lines carrying as much as 230,000 volts.

Officials say, three of four were damaged. 

Crews spending the day working to bring the lights back on, keeping in mind, what turned them off.

"And we're not just restoring to customers, but the impact it did have on the driver's family," PG&E spokesperson Denny Boyles said. 

"We've lost a loved one, that we'll never get back," Diaz said. "The power's back on now, we don't have her."

Crews will be in this area the next few days making final repairs.

Reporting in Fresno, Megan Rupe. 


Gray's family has started a GoFundMe account for her son, that link is:


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