Man charged with murder, criminal vehicular homicide in Forest Lake pedestrian crash

Man charged with killing 17-year-old in Forest Lake

Man charged with killing 17-year-old in Forest Lake

Charges have been filed against the man accused of fatally hitting a teenage girl with his car in Forest Lake on Sunday.

According to a criminal complaint, 20-year-old Dylan Robert Simmons has been charged with third-degree murder and criminal vehicular homicide.

Booking photo of Dylan Robert Simmons (Courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

At around 1:22 a.m. Sunday, multiple Forest Lake police officers responded to a person being hit by a vehicle in the parking lot of Lakeside Veteran’s Memorial Park. Court documents state that when authorities arrived, they saw several people standing around a female lying on the ground, with one of them performing CPR.

Police, fire crews, and EMS responders performed emergency medical care; however, the 17-year-old victim died at the scene. Police identified her Tuesday morning as Darisha Tela Bailey Vath of Stacy, Minn.

Law enforcement spoke with multiple witnesses and learned that there were arguments and physical fights between two groups of people, with most of them knowing each other. Various members of the groups were armed with baseball bats, hammers, a crowbar and a folding knife.

Court records indicated that after the conflict had died down, Simmons and another person got into a white Mazda sedan. Simmons drove in the direction of several people from the opposing side of the conflict and hit the back end of a car with five people inside.

The complaint states that Simmons then backed up and then drove toward multiple people from the opposing group. This time, Simmons hit the 17-year-old girl with the front passenger side of his car and drove over her with the front and rear passenger tires.

According to court documents, Simmons and the passenger then ran away from the scene. While police were conducting their investigation, Simmons and the passenger returned to the scene, where Simmons admitted to driving the vehicle and was then detained.

He made his initial court appearance Tuesday morning, and Bailey Vath’s loved ones then gathered in the park’s parking lot to remember her.

“I imagine I’m going to come here a lot to speak to her,” Darius Bailey, Darisha’s father, said.

Darius says his daughter’s goal was to become a veterinarian because she loved animals. Now, he’s left with just her memory and a quest for justice.

“Tell your kids you love them, you never know, it’s a very cruel world right now we are living in,” he said.

“She was a lovely girl — she was the most kindest, gentlest, loving,” Darisha’s brother, Devon, added.

Simmons’ next court appearance is scheduled for July 27.