VAN NUYS (CNS) — A tattoo artist is facing up to four years in state prison for crashing a McLaren luxury sports car in Valley Village, killing YouTube personality Corey La Barrie on his 25th birthday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Daniel Joseph Silva, now 27, of North Hollywood, pleaded no contest to one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter in connection with the May 10 crash that killed Barrie, who was a passenger in the vehicle, according to Deputy District Attorney Yasmin Fardghassemi.
He was initially charged with murder in connection with the crash.
Silva was driving the 2020 McLaren 600LT at high speed eastbound on Huston Street when he lost control of the car, which ran off the road and hit a stop sign and tree on the northeast corner of Huston and Carpenter Avenue, police said.
Silva suffered non-life-threatening injuries. La Barrie died at a hospital that night of multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
La Barrie was part of a YouTube duo with Crawford Collins, and the two had more than 100,000 subscribers on their YouTube channel, according to Michael Kraut and Brian Breiter, attorneys representing the La Barrie family.
He also had more than 335,000 subscribers on his own YouTube channel and 340,000 Instagram followers.
“To lose a loved one is tragic in and of itself, but the devastating details of this case make it almost impossible for Corey’s family to come to terms with,” Breiter said.
Silva — who appeared on the tattoo-competition TV show “Ink Master” — has remained behind bars since his arrest May 18, jail records show. He is due back in a Van Nuys courtroom Aug. 13 for sentencing.