The parents of late YouTube star Corey La Barrie, who was killed in a car crash on his birthday, are suing the driver of the car for wrongful death.
Daniel Silva, a tattoo artist featured on the TV show “Ink Master,” was driving the car at the time of the fatal May 10 crash, and has since been arrested and charged with murder, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Now, in addition to a possible sentence of 15 years to life in prison, Silva is facing another court battle. La Barrie's parents, Simon La Barrie and Lissa Burton, filed a lawsuit against Silva accusing him of being drunk and possibly under the influence of other substances at the time of the crash, Entertainment Tonight reports. Silva "failed to use reasonable care" when driving and violated state laws by "driving the vehicle at an extremely high speed unreasonable for the condition," the suit claims.
The suit names Silva and his company, Daniel Silva Tattoos — which the couple alleges supplied Silva with the alcohol, according to Entertainment Tonight. They are seeking compensatory damages, costs of suit and pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, in addition to any fair and equitable relief, the outlet reports.
On the night of May 10, Silva was driving a 2020 McLaren 600LT at a "high rate of speed" when he lost control, veering off the road and colliding with a stop sign, according to a press release from the LAPD. Silva then allegedly tried to flee the scene of the crash, but was prevented from leaving by bystanders who had come to help, according to police. Both La Barrie and Silva were taken to the hospital to have their injuries treated, but La Barrie did not survive.
La Barrie, whose YouTube channel has upward of 389K subscribers, was out celebrating his 25th birthday on the night of his death, his mother revealed in an Instagram post after his passing.
“My heart breaks right now, on my son’s 25 birthday today he was very drunk and got into a car with a drunk driver,” Burton's post reads. "The accident killed him instantly. No words can describe the sadness I feel in [losing] a child. It just feels so unreal and I’m overwhelmed with grief.”
In his final video shared one day before his death, La Barrie suggested that he'd be getting a "little bit drunk" the following day with friends.
Silva had been drinking before the crash, unnamed witnesses told TMZ. He suffered a broken hip in the collision.
Following the murder charge, Silva pleaded not guilty last week, PEOPLE reports.
Silva remains in custody, with his bail review hearing set for Wednesday and a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 30, according to Entertainment Tonight. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison if convicted.
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