A hip-hop artist from Staten Island has turned himself in following a deadly hit-and-run in Tompkinsville.
The Staten Island district attorney's office says that Shyheim Franklin surrendered to police Wednesday in connection with the New Year's Day crash that killed 29-year old Felipe Avila.
Franklin is a rapper best known for his work in the 1990s, when he recorded as child prodigy "Shyheim The Rugged Child" and was affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan.
The 36-year-old took to social media to ask for financial support.
"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 said in a video posted to YouTube.
Franklin faces charges of leaving the scene of an accident.
His bail has been set at $250,000.