Corey La Barrie, a 25-year-old YouTube star, was killed in a DUI crash after Daniel Silva, a celebrity tattoo artist, who police said was speeding in his sports car, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a stop sign and a tree. According to a KTLA news report, Silva was traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Huston Street when the crash occurred near Carpenter Avenue in Valley Village the night of May 10.
Police said Silva exited the vehicle and tried to leave the scene, but was stopped by citizens who came to render aid. Paramedics arrived at the scene and took both men to the hospital. La Barrie died from his injuries on what the Los Angeles Times reported was his 25th birthday. La Barrie’s mother, Lissa Harrison, wrote on Instagram that her son was killed after getting into a car with a drunk driver and that the crash “killed him instantly”. Anyone with more information about the crash is asked to call LAPD at 818-644-8033.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Corey La Barrie for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Alcohol can often be a major factor in traffic accidents, especially those that involve major injuries or fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was an alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 50 minutes in 2018. NHTSA reported that 10,511 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2018. Alcohol-impaired crash fatalities accounted for 29% of all crash fatalities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates 1,001,329 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2018.
Laws and Liability Issues
Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is also against the law to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration or BAC of 0.08% or higher. A DUI that results in death could result in vehicular manslaughter or even murder charges for the driver.
In addition to facing criminal charges and penalties, at-fault drivers could also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Families of deceased victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles DUI victims’ lawyer who will remain on their side, fight for their rights and help ensure that the at-fault driver is held accountable.