“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.
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.
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.
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.
Other YouTubers and friends of La Barrie are also grieved on Twitter.
CNN’s Stella Chan contributed to this report.