“Right now, I can tell you that the family is in absolute shell shock,” Michael Kraut, one of the two attorneys for the La Barrie family, told CNN in a phone interview on Tuesday. “His family over in Australia are on their way here to deal with the burial and grieve.”
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner told CNN the crash occurred at the corner of Huston Street and Carpenter Avenue in North Hollywood around 9:39 p.m. local time.
Kraut also identified Silva, who he described as La Barrie’s “close friend,” as the driver. He called the incident “beyond reckless,” and said that Silva should be “held fully accountable in the legal system for his actions.”
Silva, a popular tattooist starring in the TV series “Ink Master,” was purportedly driving a 2020 McLaren 600LT at “a high rate of speed” when he lost control. Silva then ran off the road and collided with a stop sign and a tree, police said.
He allegedly exited the vehicle and attempted to leave the scene, but was stopped by passersby who came to help, according to police.
La Barrie’s brother, Jarrad La Barrie, and mother, Lissa Harrison (Burton), did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment. However, the two both posted about their loss on Instagram.
LAPD officials said after the accident, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded and took both the driver, Silva, and a passenger to the hospital, where the passenger, a 25-year-old male, died.
While police did not confirm the identity of the passenger in Silva’s car — they said they are waiting until next of kin is notified — LAPD Spokesman Tony Im told CNN there was only one crash at that location.
“We did not have multiple accidents at that scene,” Im said.
Silva is being held on $200,000 bond, according to Los Angeles County jail records.
A representative for Silva, via the show “Ink Master,” did not return CNN’s request for comment, and CNN was unable to determine if he had a lawyer.
A fast-rising star
La Barrie, who started his YouTube channel in 2018, quickly amassed more than 300,000 subscribers, and had garnered millions of views on his videos.
Some of his most popular videos included his roommates, social media influencers JC Caylen, Crawford Collins and Chelsey Amaro. La Barrie and Collins also had a separate channel called Corey & Crawford, which has more than 100,000 subscribers.
Other YouTubers and friends of La Barrie also grieved on Twitter.
CNN’s Stella Chan contributed to this report.