Former Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Shyheim Franklin is being accused with allegedly running a stop sign resulting in the fatal crash that left a Staten Island man dead on New Year’s Day.
The incident occurred at 5 a.m. at the intersection of Cassidy Place and Lafayette Avenue in Staten Island, NY as police are naming Franklin as the driver that slammed into the 1996 Toyota Celica to which Felipe Avila, a 29-year-old baker was riding in.
Shyheim Franklin, 36, who has rapped under the names Manchild, Little Shyheim and The Rugged Child, surrendered himself to police on Wednesday in connection with the 5:07 a.m. crash, which killed Felipe Avila of Tompkinsville, police sources said.
He’s expected to face a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, which is a class D felony, those sources said.
Franklin turned himself in Wednesday January 8. Police are saying in addition to striking Avila’s vehicle with his borrowed 2003 Volvo 80, he slammed into a Dodge Ram and fled the scene on foot.
Ironically and tragically, Franklin isn’t the only former Wu-Tang member to have a bleak run-in with the law in Staten Island as of late. Jeryl “Killa Sin” Grant was charged with attempted murder in November 2013 for allegedly shooting a man in the chest.
Utilizing the power of social media, “The Rugged Child” posted a brief video onto YouTube asking for donations for his impending lawyer fees stating, “You know I’m in a lot of trouble right now and I need help with my legal defense so I can have a fair shot in court.” He directed viewers to his lawyer Leo Duval before thanking everybody for the support.
The video can be watched below.