Mother of man accused of murder says her son isn’t a monster

Ryan Crumbaugh’s preliminary hearing for a murder charge in the death of 95-year-old Helen Adams was Wednesday in Graves County.

State police originally charged Crumbaugh with assault after he hit Adams, who was riding her mower on the side of the road. Last week, that charge changed to murder.

This isn’t Crumbaugh’s first run-in with driving on a suspended license or driving under the influence. He failed sobriety tests and admitted to smoking marijuana on the morning of the wreck, according to KSP trooper William Propes.

Propes’ testimony showed Crumbaugh was sorry for hitting Adams. “A man in a blue shirt and blue jeans, later identified as Mr. Crumbaugh, was standing around her crying and apologizing,” Propes said. His testimony also indicated Crumbaugh wouldn’t consent to blood tests. A warrant was drafted to retrieve blood and urine samples later. Investigators are still waiting on those results.

Propes says a witness to the crash says he believed Crumbaugh was driving the speed limit of 45 mph. 

Propes added that Crumbaugh did try to get out of the way of Adams. Local 6 also learned about a passenger in the truck. McCracken County sheriff’s deputies conducted an interview with her after the incident. None of that testimony was read at the preliminary hearing.

Her testimony, blood tests, an accident reconstruction model, and a sensor inside the truck will all affect the outcome of the trial.

Crumbaugh’s mother, Susan, says her son isn’t a monster. She added that “he has a drug problem, but he has a good heart.”

Susan says she didn’t just give him the keys to her truck that he drove illegally.

Crumbaugh will face a grand jury in McCracken County on Dec. 10.

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