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Hip-Hop Artist Turns Self In in Connection With New Year's Day Hit-And-Run on SI

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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.

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