Man faces murder charge in death of Helen Adams

The assault charge against William Crumbaugh was amended to murder Wednesday.

Kentucky State Police say the 24-year-old was driving drunk or high on KY 1820 in Melber on Monday afternoon, when he rear-ended Helen Adams. She later died from her injuries.To read the original story, click here.

Her son, Jerry Adams, tells us his mother was doing what she loved at the time: riding her lawn mower. Six days a week, the 95 year old mowed both of her son’s lawns and her own, only resting on Sunday for church. Her smile and love of helping others is what Jerry says he’ll remember most about his mom.

Helen Adams loved doing what made her happy: mowing. 

"She was very proficient on that mower, said Jerry. "She didn’t have a dent on it. She never ran into anything."

The zero-turn Bad Boy mower was a gift from Jerry on her 90th birthday, but he says it was his mother who was the generous one. 

"She would absolutely not let you leave her presence without a gift in your hand," Jerry told us.

"She was a servant to everyone," said his wife Jenny.

A servant at all times, even the day she died. She told Jerry she was coming to mow his lawn that morning.

"I said, ‘Mother, it doesn’t need it,’" Jerry said. "But, that’s what made her happy."

The mower is almost unrecognizable now, after the crash. It’s not what Jerry will turn to to remember his mom.

"She grew long in years without growing old," he said.

She loved her grandchildren, who lovingly called her Baba. She also knew how to take and make a joke.

"Very little filter and could just say the funniest things to people where, if you and I said it, we’d be offended," Jerry said. "And they would laugh."

Finding the positive in tragedy. It’s a gift Jerry has.

"Well, guess where that came from?" Jerry said with an emotional laugh.

It’s just one more thing his mother gave to him.

Visitation for Helen Adams will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.15, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Lone Oak. A second visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday morning, Oct. 16, just before the funeral service begins at 11 a.m. That will take place at the Melber Church Of Christ in Melber.

Memorial gifts can be made to Melber Church Of Christ or to New Pathways For Children.

William Crumbaugh will be in court on traffic charges on Thursday, Oct. 15. He will have a preliminary hearing on the murder charge on Wednesday, Oct.21.

His bond is set at $500,000 cash.

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