SAN DIEGO — The family of a mother and daughter killed by a YouTuber in a wrong-way crash on a California highway has filed a lawsuit this week against the teenager’s estate, the City of San Diego, and the County of San Diego.
Eighteen-year-old Trevor Heitmann, known as McSkillet, drove his McLaren the wrong way on the freeway in August 2018, killing Aileen Pizarro and her 12-year-old daughter Aryana. The sports car collided with the family’s SUV, which burst into flames.
In the lawsuit, Aileen’s father Miguel Pizarro and son Dominic Pizarro cited the County and City for negligence resulting in death.
The lawsuit cites an incident the day before the crash, during which the San Diego County Psychiatric Emergency Response Team responded to a call claiming McSkillet was “screaming, paranoid, and delusional."
A psychiatrist, Dr. Mary Rusher, told police she had evaluated McSkillet and she determined he was “a danger to himself and to others and must be immediately detained on a California Welfare & Institutions Code 5150 hold,” the suit stated. Rusher also told a police dispatcher the YouTuber had displayed manic symptoms and appeared paranoid, delusional, out of control, and threatened to harm his mother in preceding days, according to the court document.
“Police left the home without any evaluation of Trevor’s condition, or notifying PERT, if they were not part of same (PERT),” the lawsuit says.
The suit claims the police officers were not exercising their authority to place McSkillet on a 5150 hold in accordance with the law.
The victims’ family said they have suffered from loss of financial support, the cost of burial and funeral expenses, medical services, and loss of love, companionship, comfort, affection, society, protection, solace, moral support, attention, services, and support of Aileen and Aryana.
This story was originally published by Allison Horn on KGTV in San Diego.