Shyheim Franklin Arrested for Hit-and-Run

Rapper turns himself in for New Year's Day incident.

Posted: 01/09/2014 07:57 AM EST
Filed Under Music News, Wu-Tang

Wu-Tang affiliate, Shyheim Franklin turned himself in to police Wednesday (Jan. 8) for a New Year's Day car accident in Staten Island, NY, that killed Felipe Avila, a 29-year-old bakery worker, reports Billboard.com.

The rapper allegedly ran a stoplight in the early morning hours of the holiday.

Franklin rose to fame in the '90s, at just 14-years-old, with the single "On & On." One of Ghostface's cousins, he hung with the Wu and recorded with them, as well as Tupac, Biggie and Big Daddy Kane. He's also appeared in numerous movies, including In Too Deep and The Preachers Wife, and on the hit show The Parent Hood. In 2007 he started his own label, Bottom Up Records.

He's also served nearly two years in prison for a second-degree attempted robbery conviction near the turn of the new millennium, and was already out on bail for an April 2013 arrest for gun and drug possession charges when he was arrested this week. He is now facing a class D felony charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.  

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