Renton woman sentenced for 2021 hit-and-run death

At around 7 p.m. Dec. 20, 2021, 59-year-old Renton resident Krista Brown exited her Metro bus in Renton and started to cross the street against the light at a crosswalk near Northeast 12th Street and Northeast Sunset Boulevard.

Without flinching, Brown continued crossing as two vehicles traveled past her on the lane in front of her. As she stepped into the lane, a vehicle smashed into her, tossing her approximately 50 feet down the road.

Brown died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries at the scene, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Renton Regional Fire Authority staff pronounced Brown deceased at 7:34 p.m.

The driver, 47-year-old Renton resident Adrienne Marcel Farrow, continued driving, fleeing the collision.

King County Superior Court Judge Matthew Segal sentenced Farrow to 606 days in King County Jail on Sept. 8, 2023, following her acceptance of a plea deal on July 27, 2023.

Farrow pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of vehicular homicide, with two charges dismissed — hit-and-run accident death and making a false statement to a public servant.

“I was not paying attention to the road or traffic and knew a Metro bus had just stopped,” Farrow stated in documents of her guilty plea. “I sped past the bus and hit a pedestrian crossing the road who had just gotten off the bus. I killed her.”

With 606 days of credit for time served, the court ordered Farrow’s release on Sept. 11.

In addition, Farrow’s sentence included one year of probation following her release.

According to prosecutorial documents, Farrow parked her vehicle in an Albertson’s parking lot across from her apartment following the collision. She ran to her boyfriend to help her remove the bumper and wipe down the vehicle.

She headed to the police station to report her car stolen and reported that the damage to her vehicle resulted from striking a deer in the summer.

The Renton Police Department contacted Farrow on Jan. 6, 2022, regarding her false reporting after investigation of the incident.

Farrow admitted to colliding with Brown while driving home from a casino and fleeing. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Farrow told police she panicked after striking Brown in the crosswalk, continued to drive, and parked in the Albertson’s parking lot.

Renton police arrested Farrow 22 days following the collision at her apartment complex on Jan. 11, 2022.

Farrow’s mental health counselor filed a letter to the court for her sentencing.

“Adrienne has been engaged in weekly therapy since we began working together,” the letter stated. “She is consistent and participates diligently each session.”

Nicholas Earl Mihas, Farrow’s oldest son, submitted a sentencing impact statement to the court for the day of her sentencing.

“I truly believe that Adrienne is not ready to change and thus not ready to be released into the public,” Mihas stated. “A situation like this should change somebody for the better, but this case has not changed Adrienne.”