Daniel Silva, who was driving when YouTuber Corey La Barrie was killed in a car accident last May, has for the first time spoken publicly about the tragedy and his role in it. In a video titled “I Love You Corey” that Silva posted on YouTube, he apologizes for the pain the accident caused the La Barrie family. He also reads a statement from the La Barrie family’s lawyer that asked for the second degree murder charge against Silva to be brought down to manslaughter, a lesser charge. 

Silva was arrested and charged with second-degree murder after crashing into a street sign with La Barrie in the passenger seat on May 11, 2020. The two had earlier been at a party for La Barrie’s 25th birthday, and Silva had been drinking, sources told TMZ. Silva pled no contest to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in July. He received a sentence of 365 days in county jail with 216 days of credit, as well as 5 years of probation and 250 hours of community service.

In the new video, Silva reads the letter in which the La Barrie family’s lawyer asked for the charge to be reconsidered. The family says it is “what Corey would have wanted,” and the letter cites new information, including that Silva’s blood alcohol level was lower than previously believed, that the speed of the car may have only been slightly faster than allowed by law, and that the road had been the site of previous accidents. 

“I just want to say thank you so much to the La Barrie family for recognizing that this was a tragic accident,” Silva says in the video.

Some friends of Corey La Barrie apparently feel differently. 

“i am a firm believer in the truth always comes out,” Bryana Salaz, a close friend of La Barrie’s, wrote on Twitter. “No matter how long it takes, it ALWAYS comes out, and he WILL get what he deserves. maybe not today, but he will.”

A series of tweets from friend and musical artist Franny accused Silva of lying in the video.

“let me just say ONE thing... I SAW YOU flee the scene,” she wrote. “I was the one that SAW YOU and I chased after you SCREAMING at the top of my lungs. Oscar and Christian followed after seeing me RUN after you. YOU WERE NO WHERE NEAR THE CAR. KARMA IS REAL AND THAT WHOLE VIDEO IS A LIE.”

Friends of La Barrie previously condemned Silva after documents, which he said were filed by his insurance company, claimed La Barrie was partially responsible for his own death. In an Instagram Story, Silva clarified that this did not reflect his “personal beliefs or feelings about what happened.”