Corey La Barrie was killed in a car accident on his 25th birthday

YouTube star Corey La Barrie killed in car crash

“Right now, I can tell you that the family is absolutely in shock,” said Michael Kraut, one of two La Barrie family lawyers, in a telephone interview Tuesday. “His family in Australia is coming here to take care of the burial and the pain.”

The Coroner Medical Department of Los Angeles County reported to CNN that the incident occurred on the corner of Huston Street and Carpenter Avenue in North Hollywood around 9:39 pm. local time.

The Los Angeles police department would not confirm the driver’s identity, but published a separate press release regarding the arrest of Daniel Joseph Silva, 27, “for murder” after a “DUI Fatal Traffic Collision” at the same time and place.

Kraut also identified Silva, whom he described as La Barrie’s “close friend”, as a driver. He called the incident “over reckless”, and said that Silva should be “held fully accountable in the legal system for his actions.”

Silva, a famous tattoo artist who starred in the “Ink Master” TV series, allegedly drove a 2020 McLaren 600LT at “high speed” when he lost control. Silva then ran off the road and collided with a stop sign and a tree, police said.

Presumably he got out of the vehicle and tried to leave the scene, but was stopped by passersby who came to the rescue, according to police.

La Barrie’s brother Jarrad La Barrie and his mother, Lissa Harrison (Burton), did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment. However, they both posted their loss on Instagram.

“My brother Corey died last night in a car accident with his drunk friend driving”, Jarrad La Barrie he wrote in his Monday post. “I don’t know how I should do it without you … life will never be the same without you R.I.P.”
“He was very drunk and got into a car with a drunk driver. The accident killed him instantly”, Lissa Harrison (Burton) he wrote. “It looks so unreal and I’m overwhelmed with pain. I love you so much Corey.”

LAPD officials said after the incident that Los Angeles firefighters responded and took both the driver, Silva, and a passenger to the hospital where the 25-year-old male passenger died.

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While police have not confirmed the passenger’s identity in Silva’s car – they said they are waiting until the closest relative is notified – LAPD spokesman Tony Im told CNN that there was only one accident in that place.

“We didn’t have multiple accidents in that scene,” said Im.

Silva is held on a $ 200,000 bond, according to Los Angeles County prison records.

A representative of Silva, via the “Ink Master” show, did not respond to CNN’s request for comment and CNN was unable to determine if he had a lawyer.

A rapidly rising star

La Barrie, which started her YouTube channel in 2018, has quickly accumulated over 300,000 subscribers and has collected millions of views on her videos.

Some of his most popular videos included his roommates, social media influencers JC Caylen, Crawford Collins and Chelsey Amaro. Barrie and Collins also had a separate channel called Corey & Crawford, which has over 100,000 subscribers.

La Barrie fans shared their condolences under his latest YouTube video, which was published on May 9, one day before his death.

Other YouTubers and friends of La Barrie are also grieved on Twitter.

“My heart is so heavy right now .. corey was such a lucky guy he can’t believe how fast life can change,” actor Brennen Taylor wrote. “Prayers for his family, loved ones and fans. I am devastated.”
“You were such a brilliant spirit and a beautiful soul” YouTuber Carter Reynolds wrote. “You will be missed brother.”

CNN’s Stella Chan contributed to this report.

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