Autopsy details mental state of McSkillet before deadly crash on Interstate 805 in San Diego

Autopsy details McLaren crash on I-805
Posted at 1:26 PM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 22:49:52-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - An autopsy performed on the teenager known as McSkillet is providing details about his mental state before he crashed his McLaren on Interstate 805 in San Diego, killing a mother and daughter.

Trevor Heitmann, 18, died on August 23 when he drove the wrong way on the freeway in University City at 100 miles an hour. Heitmann’s sports car crashed into an SUV, killing Aileen Pizarro, 43, and her 12-year-old daughter Aryana. The California Highway Patrol reported that video of the impact shows Heitmann did not attempt to swerve before hitting the SUV.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner said Heitmann suffered 11 types of blunt force injuries in the crash. Toxicology tests did not detect any alcohol or common drugs, doctors said. 

Heitmann's death was ruled accidental by officials. (Official report here.)

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Heitmann had no medical or surgical history, was not known to use tobacco, illegal drugs, or alcohol, and had no history of depression or diagnosis of mental illness, medical examiners reported. He did not leave behind a suicide note.

Five days before the crash, Heitmann’s behavior changed, his parents said to the Medical Examiner’s Office. He told his parents he thought he was having a “meltdown”. His behavior suggested mania, officials reported.

The CHP said Heitmann's vehicle was linked to an incident at Ashley Falls Elementary School in Carmel Valley before the crash, in which several students said the driver of a sports car drove through a fence. Del Mar Union School District said the driver got out of the car and broke a window, though no classes were in session.

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Heitmann told his mother he had driven his McLaren 150 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone going the wrong direction, according to the autopsy report. Heitmann’s father asked him what he thought would happen if police caught him and Heitmann said that “neither the police nor their bullets could hurt him,” the report indicated.

The day of the crash, Heitmann's parents contacted San Diego Police to request a psychiatric evaluation but were told it could not be performed because Heitmann had not broken any laws, medical examiners reported.

Heitmann also cried and said he was having a "breakdown" the morning of the crash before sleeping for four hours. When he woke up, he was behaving irrationally, his parents told the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Heitmann’s McLaren was blocked by his father’s vehicle, which he rammed to get out of the driveway and leave their Carmel Valley home. Heitmann’s father later contacted the California Highway Patrol to find his son before learning of the crash.

Heitmann was known as McSkillet in the video game community and had a successful YouTube channel. One of the videos on McSkillet's page shows off a black McLaren and talks about how his earnings as a YouTube and Counter-Strike "Steam" content producer helped pay for the luxury sports car.

Heitmann's popularity surrounded his trading and collection of rare video game content, called "skins," which are pieces of content for Counter-Strike players. He was banned earlier this year from trading skins with other players by the video game's developer, Valve. The "trade ban" cut him off from his collection, believed to be valued at anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 at the time, and created an issue with his ability to continue producing sponsored videos.

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Heitmann’s parents issued a statement which read in part, “We express our deepest condolences to the Pizarro family and anyone impacted by this incident.”

Aileen Pizarro, a therapist, left behind two sons to mourn their mother and little sister.

"Both of them were the most caring...people full of life, you've ever met in the world," Dominic Pizarro said. 

A GoFundMe account for the Pizarro family raised more than $67,000, well above its $5,000 goal.