Daniel Silva, a tattoo artist who was a former star on the reality competition series Ink Master, was arrested and charged with murder following a reported drunk driving accident that killed YouTuber Corey La Barrie.
The 27-year-old Silva was taken into custody Monday for the Sunday night crash, which occurred in the North Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California. Silva allegedly tried fleeing the scene, but was stopped by witnesses.
Following the crash, both La Barrie and Silva were taken to a local hospital, where La Berrie was pronounced dead. It was La Barrie’s 25th birthday.
Daniel Silva Arrest
According to an official statement by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division, Silva was the alleged driver of a 2020 McLaren 600LT, which was traveling “at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control.”
“Driver then ran off the road and collided with a stop sign and a tree on the northeast corner of Huston Street and Carpenter Avenue,” the statement explains. “The driver of the McLaren exited the vehicle and attempted to leave the scene but was stopped by citizens who came to render aid. No other vehicles were involved in the collision.”
Both Silva and La Barrie were believed to have been drunk, and the LAPD has characterized the car crash as a DUI fatal traffic collision, though the initial statement did not specifically delve into any alcohol-related allegations. According to arrest records, Silva was booked at the LAPD Valley Jail in Van Nuys on $200,000 bail.
Silva appeared on Season 10 of Ink Masters and the spinoff show Ink Master: Angels, and, according to his Instagram page, founded an online tattoo class called Daniel Silva Tattoo University.
Corey La Barrie Death
Following the tragic news of Corey La Barrie’s death, both his mother, Lissa Burton, and brother, Jarrad La Barrie, took to Instagram to announce his passing.
“My heart breaks right now, on my sons 25 birthday today he was very drunk and got into a car with a drunk driver,” Burton captioned the photo. “The accident killed him instantly. No words can describe the sadness I feel and I’m overwhelmed with grief. I love you so much Corey and will miss you so so much. It’s just so unfair.”
Jarrad La Barrie wrote, “This isn’t something i thought i would ever have to sit here and type out for a very long time or what i wanna do right now but everyone deserves to know, my brother Corey passed away last night in a car accident with his drunk friend driving… this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do i don’t know how I’m suppose to do this without you i miss you so much already this isn’t fair thank you for always being the best big brother i could ask for i love you so f–king much life’s never gonna be the same without you R.I.P. P.S say hi to grandad and grandma for me i love you.”
La Barrie ran a popular YouTube channel with over 350,000 subscribers. His final video was a notice about his birthday stream on the video live streaming service Twitch.