YouTuber Trevor ‘McSkillet’ Heitmann, Two Other People Die in Car Crash

Heitman drove his car south in a northbound highway lane, colliding with another vehicle, San Diego Medical Examiner’s office says


Trevor Heitmann, an 18-year-old YouTube video gamer known by the handle “McSkillet,” died Friday after the car he was driving collided with another vehicle on interstate 805 in north San Diego. A 43-year-old woman and 12-year-old girl died in the collision.

According to the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office, Heitmann was driving his car south “at an accelerated speed” in the northbound HOV lane. He “collided head-on” with a northbound SUV, killing himself as well as the driver and passenger in the SUV.

Representatives for the San Diego Medical Examiner’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Heitman was driving at least 100 mph. The collision caused nearly a dozen other vehicles to crash, resulting in debris scattered across the highway and “multiple vehicles on fire,” according to the Times. A fourth person was also reported seriously injured, but is expected to survive.

Heitman’s YouTube channel primarily featured videos related to the video game “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.” As of this writing, Heitman’s channel had more than 878,000 subscribers.

Heitmann primarily made a living through so-called “skin gambling,” the use of virtual items unconnected to gameplay, like alterations to character appearance (“skins”), as currency to bet on the outcomes of professional games. Valve, publisher of Counter-Strike, has been attempting to discourage the practice, and it banned Heitman in June from trading items. According to some estimates, the ban might have cost him as much as $100,000.