The 18-year-old who sped the wrong way down state Route 805 Thursday, crashing into a SUV and killing himself, a 12-year-old girl and her mother, was a YouTube star who had made a small fortune in video gaming gambling, according to authorities and hundreds of gaming fans on Twitter.
The California Highway Patrol identified him Friday as Trevor Heitmann of San Diego.
But the nearly 900,000 subscribers to his YouTube video channel and his Twitter followers knew him as “McSkillet.”
Various tweets by gaming fans said he had been banned from facilitating e-sport gambling that had brought him a sizable income — enough to buy a handmade, 2015 British McLaren 650S sports car that would have cost $250,000 or more.
The McLaren, with Heitmann behind the wheel, slammed head-on into a Hyundai SUV and both vehicles burst into flames. Those who died in the SUV were tentatively identified by the county Medical Examiner’s Office as a 43-year-old San Diego woman and her 12-year-old daughter.
The woman’s son identified them as Aileen Pizarro and her daughter Aryana Pizarro. They lived in the College Area. Aileen Pizzaro was a marriage and family counselor working toward her license, and her daughter was set to start seventh grade on Monday, Dominic Pizarro said.
Heitman was headed south in northbound HOV lanes of I-805 near Sorrento Valley about 4:40 p.m. Thursday when he rammed the on-coming SUV. Other cars hit the flaming wreckage, causing at least one serious injury. Debris from the damaged vehicles flew across freeway lanes and the McLaren “disintegrated,” CHP Officer Jake Sanchez said.
Sanchez said he believes Heitmann entered the freeway at Carroll Canyon Road.
A crash investigation and cleanup of the freeway kept three lanes closed for 10 hours.
SOURCE: Pauline Repard and Teri Figueroa
San Diego Union-Tribune