On Wednesday, top NASCAR driver, Bobby East was stabbed to death at a Westminster, California gas station by a drifter. He was 37 years old. Police shot dead Trent William Millsap when they executed a search warrant on Friday. He was the alleged person who stabbed the celebrity driver. The 27-year old man was already facing a charge of stabbing another man, before he stabbed the NASCAR icon.
Millsap allegedly stabbed the icon in his chest when he was filling his vehicle at the gas station. Bobby East was taken to a nearby hospital. However, he was pronounced dead.
The police released a statement that said that the victim was found on the ground and that he had suffered from a serious chest wound and that he had been stabbed. It also stated that officers had “attempted life saving measures” on the victim until “OCFA paramedics arrived.” However, the “victim succumbed to his injury” at a local trauma center, where he had been transported to, by the paramedics.
On Friday, TMZ reported that a SWAT team has executed a search warrant at an apartment in the Anaheim area as they believed that Millsap might be hiding in the area. Millsap was shot and killed at the scene, while police were trying to arrest him. The shooting is under investigation by the DA’s office in Orange County.
Bobby East was a three-time US Auto Club (USAC) champion. He also won the SAC Silver Crown championships thrice, in 2004, in 2012 and in 2013. He is the son of car builder Bob East of USAC Hall of Fame.
He became a star racer at the young age of 16, when he was victorious at the USAC National Midgets. His 2001 win made him the youngest winner ever. He was awarded Rookie of the Year by the USAC. He was also considered to be “the winningest USAC National Midget Rookie in more than a quarter century.” He had 22 USAC National Midget wins.
Although Bobby East was a native of Torrance, California, he mainly lived in Brownsburg, Indiana due to his racing career. He was single and did not have any children. Condolence messages poured in on social media for the celebrity NASCAR driver.