Teenage Driver In Crash That Killed Carnegie of Silver Medallion "Under Investigation" for DUI

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More details have emerged over the weekend regarding the fatal car crash that killed local hip-hop artist Abay Lattin (a.k.a. Carnegie) of Silver Medallion early Saturday morning.

Tempe Police Department spokesperson Molly Enright stated that alcohol was likely involved in the crash and that the 17-year-old female driver from Gilbert who caused the accident is currently "under investigation" for DUI.

Said individual was behind the wheel of an SUV that pulled out of the Quadrangles apartment complex on University Drive near Rural Road in Tempe and struck the white sedan that was carrying Carnegie and local recording engineer/hip-hop artist Trife.

The pair were headed home from Philthy Phil's, where Carnegie had performed at the Ransom dance night. They had just left the nearby Del Taco and were traveling eastbound on University Drive when the accident occurred. Carnegie died at the scene and Trife was transported to Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center for treatment.

The accident also sadly claimed the life of Arizona State University student Matthew West. According to Enright, the 19-year-old pre-med major was riding his motorcycle eastbound on University Drive and struck the wrecked vehicles approximately one minute after the initial accident occurred. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

While Tempe police officials have not released the name of the teenage SUV driver as of this writing (citing the fact she is a juvenile) friends and relatives of both Carnegie and West are cursing her stupidity of deciding to drive her urban assault vehicle after having a few drinks.

Carnegie's partner Oren J. Schauble tweeted as much on Silver Medallion's Twitter account on Saturday night, stating simply: "A drunk driver killed my best friend."

Although funeral arrangements for Carnegie are still pending, Schauble's DJ gig at Martini Ranch in Scottsdale last night (which he told me would be a "memorial" for his fallen partner) was reportedly well-attended.


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RIP my friend
RIP my friend

Matt was amazing. He didn't deserve this. I don't know why anyone would ever drive drunk, but I just want to say because of this girl my whole life was torn apart. Matt held so many people together, he was needed, he was loved, and he is missed. Thank you for changing my life, Matt West. I'm sorry you didn't get to live yours.

scran
scran

carnigie was a good guy..........i had the pleasure to know him and kick it with him as silver medallion was blowing up. sad to see a drunk stupid teen take the life of someone who had a future and so much potential. RIP carnegie..............you will be missed.

jeremx
jeremx

if this kid successfully used a fake id after reading that other new times article and got drunk at a club before heading out onto the road, i'm gonna throw out more than a few "i told you so"s.

Broski Love
Broski Love

i used to work security at the village on uni and apache commons, both of these places were littered with drunk teens and young adults driving to and fro. always sad when this happens and yet a month from now it will be like it never happened . this weekend you will find drunks driving out of the quads and so on. in one school year we had drive by shootings, fights, riots, rapes, dui's, assaults,fires and drugs everywhere. welcome to asu kids

GUEST
GUEST

Drunk driving is an epidemic and until we all start acting like adults and talking about it - this will continue to happen. Driving drunk is something I see many people attempt - all at varying levels of drinking. I know many people who have come too close to being a victim, and unfortunately too many who have been affected in other ways - either as the driver who gets the DUI or the ones that are thrown from their vehicles and injur themselves. This is a sad reminder for every judgemental person that thinks that they are "okay" to drive to think about the consequences before heading home. Endangering yourself and others is not an easier solution to getting home than calling a cab. This is a horrific tragedy and it would be a horrible insult to Carnegie and his family and friends if there wasnt some serious soul searching done by everyone of us.

Joe Distort
Joe Distort

the saddest part is that no one gets the death penalty for these killings. fuck this kid. so saddening....

Ryan
Ryan

Yup, the saddest part is that more people won't die from this incident, not that people died at all. I don't understand why people like you exist....perhaps just to torment me with your idiocy.

Dale
Dale

They need to find out who supplied her the alcohol and charge them too.

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