Corey La Barrie’s Parents File Wrongful Death Suit Against Ink Master’s Daniel Silva

by San Eli News


Former Ink Master star Daniel Silva is being sued for wrongful death by YouTuber Corey La Barrie’s parents.

Simon La Barrie and Lissa Burton are suing Silva and his company, Daniel Silva Tattoos, alleging the tattooist — who pleaded not guilty last week to killing Corey after a fatal car crash — was “negligent” in the hours and moments leading up to Corey’s death earlier this month on his 25th birthday.

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In the complaint obtained by PEOPLE, Corey’s parents allege that Silva was driving at an “extremely high speed unreasonable for the conditions” when he was in the car with Corey, claiming he “generally failed to use reasonable care” while operating the vehicle and thus was in violation of California law.

They also allege that Silva was under the influence of alcohol and/or other unknown substances, which they claim were provided by his tattoo company. TMZ, which first broke the news of the lawsuit, reports that a source close to Silva denied the allegation.

As a result of Silva’s “negligence,” Corey’s parents allege in the complaint, their son “suffered catastrophic injuries that resulted in his death.”

Corey’s parents are suing for compensatory damages, costs of suit, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, as well as any fair and equitable relief.

PEOPLE has reached out to Silva and his attorney for comment.

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The fatal incident occurred just after 9:30 p.m. on May 10 in Los Angeles when “a 2020 McLaren 600LT was traveling eastbound on Huston Street at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control,” according to the Los Angeles Police Department. “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.”

Silva had to be stopped from leaving the crash site, authorities alleged.

“The driver of the McLaren exited the vehicle and attempted to leave the scene but was stopped by citizens who came to render aid,” the LAPD previously told PEOPLE. “No other vehicles were involved in the collision.”

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Silva was photographed at the scene being transported via stretcher to an ambulance by the Los Angeles Daily News. It is not clear what injuries he sustained.

Corey had been riding in the passenger seat, TMZ reported. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the police said.

Silva was arrested and charged with one count of murder. He pleaded not guilty on May 20, a public information officer for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to PEOPLE.

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The case for bail review is set for this Wednesday, and a preliminary hearing is set for June 30.

If convicted, Silva faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.

Prior to his death, Corey, who had over 330,000 subscribers on YouTube and over 200,000 followers on Instagram, was celebrating his birthday while listening to 2 Chainz “Birthday Song” and drinking champagne, as seen in a series of Instagram Stories.