Driver with long record linked to deadly crash

The indictment against Farrington was filed Dec. 2.

Laurence D. Farrington is charged with first-degree manslaughter, felony hit and run, reckless driving and three counts of recklessly endangering another person.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A 29-year-old man with a long history of driving complaints is now charged with the hit and run death of a woman in October. 

Laurence D. Farrington is charged with first-degree manslaughter, felony hit and run, reckless driving and three counts of recklessly endangering another person in connection with a crash that left Robin Marie Parks dead.

The indictment against Farrington was filed December 2, and he was arrested Saturday. The investigation began October 13 when officers responded to Southeast 139th and Division on the report of a serious crash. Officers from the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division Major Crash Team arrived and found two cars involved in the crash. One of the cars’ occupants had left the scene on foot and the driver in the other car was suffering from traumatic injuries.

Paramedics attempted life-saving treatment on Parks but she died after being transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Police learned, in all, three people fled the vehicle that crashed into Parks’ car.

According to records, Farrington is been convicted multiple times of driving while suspended. He has been ticketed for violating the speed limit, failing to register a vehicle, failing to yield, failing to carry a registration card, speed racing, driving the wrong way on a street, driving uninsured, and making an unlawful turn. He has a felony conviction for delivery of cocaine.

Records show there have been more than 40 deaths in the City of Portland in 2016 related to traffic crashes.

Anyone with information on the crash should contact Officer Phil Maynard at phillip.maynard@portlandoregon.gov.