By Meghan Gorman
Is Drake’s notorious line “you only live once” (or “YOLO”) used more often in dangerous conditions rather than fun and safe situations? Aspiring rapper, Ervin McKinness, from Southern California used the phrase in a tweet last week during a night out with friends, and what seems like a little bit too much to drink. He tweeted, “Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #f-ckit YOLO."
That tweet was sent just before he died in a car accident in Ontario, California. All of the other men in the car – Marquell Bogan, Dylan George, Jonathan Watson and JaJuan Bennett – were also killed. According to police, McKinness was not driving, it was Watson driving.
The 2005 Nissan Sentra was said to have ran a red light and crashed into a wall. Everyone in the car except Bogan died at the scene, later Bogan passed away at a local hospital. When asked about the tweet police said, “They're certainly looking at that because it will be a vital part of the investigation, but it's too early to give an opinion as to whether it [drunken driving] was a cause or contributed to the crash."
This is a tragic and eerie story when it comes to the use of Twitter, and the overly used phrase “YOLO." McKinness apparently signed a record deal using his stage name Inkyy, but the world will never get to hear what the aspiring rapper may have brought the table.