Shortly thereafter, during rush hour, Heitmann entered the northbound half of Interstate 805 through the city Heitmann reportedly entered the HOV lane against the flow of traffic, where he drove over 100 miles per hour according to eyewitness accounts.
Former classmates say the 18-year-old driving a high-end sports vehicle the wrong way on Interstate 805 Thursday, spurring a deadly crash, was the popular YouTube personality Trevor "McSkillet" Heitmann, though officials have not confirmed his identity.
The 18-year-old rose to prominence in the online community surrounding the popular video game Counter Strike: Global Offensive.
Heitmann is popular on YouTube, and has close to 900,000 subscribers on his channel. He later used the vehicle in the accident that killed himself and two others.
California Highway Patrol confirmed the fatal auto accident took place on Thursday around 4:30 p.m., when Trevor Heitmann, known as "McSKillet" on Youtube, smashed his 2015 McLaren 650S head on into a 2010 Hyundai.
One person was taken to a hospital for treatment of serious but non- life-threatening trauma, CHP public affairs Officer Jake Sanchez said.
He used the channel to discuss video games and promote custom products known as "skins" to alter the look of characters. Some YouTube personalities indicated that the recent ban resulted in him losing at least $100,000. There has been no confirmation that this why Heitman was going through a rough time, but that is a considerable amount of money to lose. At the time of his death, he hadn't uploaded a new video for nearly six months. In that time, he uploaded 470 videos, some of which gained millions of views.
Many followers believe that this could have triggered his actions. The last video that he put up was 5 months ago. The names of the victims have not been officially released, but are named in the GoFundMe as Aileen and Aryana.
Mr Heitmann's sports auto was destroyed upon impact and the Pizarro family's SUV burst into flames.