Victoria Barry charged in wrong-way crash that killed Lilly Duncan, leaving daughter an orphan

Victoria Barry, 26, has been formally charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and DUI in relation to a crash on I-25.

Lilly Duncan, a 31-year-old Colorado Springs mom, died in the incident, leaving her daughter Dyrah, twelve, without a living parent. Her father died when she was nine.

This information comes courtesy of Colorado Springs-based KKTV, which aired a heartrending interview with Dyrah and Lilly's mom, Diana Smith.

Diana spends much of the conversation in tears. As for Dyrah, she seems shell-shocked, which makes perfect sense -- but she offers one comment that shows uncommon maturity under these terrible circumstances. "Even though the girl did a wrong thing, that doesn't make her mean," she says.

The Denver District Attorney's Office certainly sees wrong in Barry's behavior. Its charges against her allege that just shy of midnight on May 14, she was drunk as she drove southbound in the northbound lanes of I-25 near the Downing exit. That's where she hit Duncan's car as well as a second vehicle. Duncan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Barry's next court appearance is scheduled for June 3, when she'll be formally advised of the charges against her. Right now, she's free on a $25,000 bond.

Look below to see the KKTV interview:

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Ready Room bar shooting injures five wedding-reception guests."

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
Contact: Michael Roberts