Hinckley Man Charged with Criminal Vehicular Homicide; Two Others Face Charges in Car Fire Death

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 11:07 am

Snyders

Three people have been charged for a May 2009 car fire in Sandstone that resulted in the death of Agnes Mattinas.

Waylon Snyder, 20, of Hinckley faces ten charges in the case including criminal vehicular homicide.

Mille Lacs Tribal Police were dispatched to Badger Road in Sandstone on May 12th on a report of a stolen motor vehicle.  While responding to the scene, officers noticed the vehicle off the road and engulfed in flames, the result of colliding with a tree.

On May 17th, Agnes Mattinas’ father, Thomas, met with authorities because his daughter had been missing for six days.  Her family said they learned she had been out with several people including Waylon Snyder on the evening of May 12, 2009 and had not been heard from since.  Thomas Mattinas told police he was concerned that his daughter had not made it out of the car that had burned, prompting an investigation.

Waylon Snyder

Waylon Snyder

Officers went to the company who towed the vehicle after the fire.  There, they found what appeared to be the charred remains of a human body located in the front seat passenger area.  The remains were sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension laboratory in St. Paul for DNA analysis along with DNA samples from Agnes Mattinas’ parents.

DNA analysis determined the remains from the vehicle were those of Agnes Mattinas.  The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy and determined Mattinas died from traumatic injuries due to a motor vehicle accident.

Investigators talked to the other passengers in the car the night of the fire.  One of the passengers told authorities the group was driving around that evening, stopping at a lake to drink.

The passenger said W. Snyder was driving the vehicle when it went off the road and hit a mailbox on one side of the road, and then swerved into the tree that they crashed into.

According to the criminal complaint, the passenger told investigators that W. Snyder’s driving from the time they left the lake to the time of the accident got “progressively worse” and he was slurring his speech and was walking differently.

A second passenger told authorities W. Snyder consumer 15-20 beers the night of the crash and that Mattinas was in the passenger seat of the car when the crash occurred.

Angila Snyder

Angila Snyder

The second passenger went on to say that he punched his way out of the car after it crashed and said W. Snyder told him that Mattinas had run away.  According to the complaint, the passenger questioned W. Snyder the next day and stated to him that he was not sure that everyone made it out, to which Snyder responded by telling him to “just keep his mouth shut and say it was stolen.”

The passenger told investigators that W. Snyder told him that he had Shayla Livingston, 20, of Sandstone report the vehicle stolen.

Authorities obtained statements from W. Snyder who said he did not see Agnes Mattinas in the car and never saw her running away, but thought that she had taken off with the money that he had in his coat.

Snyder stated that they went to his sister’s house where he told his sister, Angila Snyder, 25, of Sandstone and his girlfriend, Livingston, that he had an accident and wrecked the car and that it was on fire.  W. Snyder stated that his girlfriend and sister were asking what happened and that he said, “I was like, I don’t know man.  Got in that wreck and my cars on fire down there. And it’s like, I was like Shayla, call it stolen.”

Court documents state Waylon Snyder was asked why he told Livingston to call the car in stolen and he stated that he was afraid because he had warrants.

The speed limit in the area of the crash is 25 mph.  An accident reconstruction report determined the vehicle W. Snyder drove was going over 77 mph at the time of the crash.

Snyder further admitted to police that he was not of legal drinking age and that he did not have a valid driver’s license.  He said he never had a drivers license.

According to the complaint, a statement was obtained from Livingston who admitted reporting the vehicle stolen.  Livingston stated that A. Snyder told her to report the vehicle as stolen.

Angela Snyder denied the allegations to police.

Livingston and A. Snyder are both charged with one count of Aiding an Offender and one count of falsely reporting a crime.  If convicted, they could each serve over three years in prison.

Waylon Snyder faces a total of ten charges.

CHARGES

COUNT  1

Charge:   Criminal Vehicular Homicide

Maximum Sentence:  10 years and/or $20,000 fine

COUNT 2

Charge:  Criminal Vehicular Homicide

Maximum Sentence:   10 years and/or $20,000 fine

COUNT 3

Charge:   Criminal Vehicular Homicide

Maximum Sentence:  10 years and/or $20,000 fine

COUNT 4

Charge:   Criminal Vehicular Operation Resulting in Bodily Harm,

Maximum Sentence:  1 year and/or $3000 fine

COUNT 5

Charge:   Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Injury

Maximum Sentence:  10 years and/or $20,000 fine

COUNT 6

Charge:   Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Operation

Maximum Sentence:  1 year and/or $3,000 fine

COUNT 7

Charge:   Criminal Vehicular Operation Resulting in Bodily Harm,

Maximum Sentence:   1 year and/or $3,000 fine

COUNT 8

Charge: Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Injury

Maximum Sentence:   10 years and/or $20,000 fine

COUNT 9

Charge:   Criminal Vehicular Homicide or Operation

Maximum Sentence: 1 year and/or $3,000 fine

COUNT 10

Charge:   2nd Degree DWI

Maximum Sentence: 1 year and/or $3,000 fine

1 Comment

  1. Yunq_Independent 03/17/11 at 12:02pm

    Damn… That’s Messed Up. Rest In Paradise Agnes Caroline Mattinas. Gone, But Never Forgotten. We All Love And Miss You Like Mad Crazy.

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