Saginaw woman accused of murdering elderly Davison residents in drunken accident

Saginaw TWP, Michigan – Months after a three-vehicle crash fatally injured two elderly friends in Saginaw Township, a woman has been charged with causing the wreckage while intoxicated.

Kristina Adams, a 34-year-old Saginaw woman, appeared Monday, April 18, in Saginaw County Courthouse to be found guilty of two counts of working while intoxicated causing death. The felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The accusations stem from a crash that occurred around 9 p.m. on January 3 on Midland Road/M-47 near McCarty Road. Saginaw Township police officers and firefighters arrived to find three cars involved – the 2015 Ford Focus, the 2004 Mercury Marquis and the 2016 Buick Regal.

Several people lost consciousness inside the cars, which required firefighters to get them out.

Investigators determined that Adams was driving the focus north on Midland Road when she crossed the center line and hit the southbound marquis. The collision forced the Marquis to enter the Regal District, which was also heading south.

The Marquis contained two Davison friends. Emergency responders announced the death of Marquis’ passenger, 79, Emma Jean Payne, at the scene. Driver Robert J. Frison, 86, was seriously injured and taken to hospital by ambulance.

Frison underwent several surgeries but did not eventually recover, and died at a shelter in Oakland County on March 19.

Adams was also injured and taken to hospital. She had no passengers in her car.

The driver of Regal, a 66-year-old woman from Saginaw Township, was also taken to hospital with an injury.

While she was hospitalized, Adams’ blood was sampled after which she was submitted to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab for analysis. Based on the findings, authorities issued an arrest warrant for Adams on April 13.

Prosecutors said the findings indicated that Adams had over-the-counter alcohol and other substances in her blood when the accident occurred. In Michigan, a person is legally intoxicated when their blood alcohol level reaches 0.08.

“It was a high baccalaureate degree, over the legal limit,” Detective Scott Jackson said.

Born in Gordon, Arkansas, in December 1942, Payne was known for her cooking.

“By age 12, Jane was cooking full meals for all of her family,” says her obituary. “Her love for cooking did not stop, and Sunday dinners were a staple until her untimely death.”

Payne graduated as a paramedic from her high school in 1960. She then moved to Wichita, where she worked for Boeing Airplanes.

Payne married in 1964, after which the couple moved to Flint in 1966.

“She was an early member of the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church under the auspices of Reverend Charlie Thrower,” her obituary continues. “While she was a faithful member of the HOP, she sang in the choir and served several jobs throughout the church. Jane had many talents including hand painting and her handwriting was impeccable, but she was best known for her hunting skills.”

Pine taught her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren how to fish, and has been described as her favorite pastime.

“No one can outsmart Jane. If she’s not on the fishing bank, you can find her books that solve puzzles, slap talking on the table of spades or head to his toes with one-armed bandits in the casino,” says her obituary. “In the evenings when you’re not working at the slot machines, you’ll probably find her watching basketball games on TV.”

Payne was also known for her wit, intelligence, and love of gospel and blues music.

“She was an avid listener of Saturday Blues on 98.9 FM where the DJs were devoting classics to The Fishing Lady.”

Adams is next scheduled to arrive in court at 3 p.m. on April 28.

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