Former NASCAR driver fatally stabbed at California gas station

In an article last month, Speedway Digest singled out race car driver Bobby East as being someone “to keep an eye on.”

However, East’s time in the spotlight was tragically cut short this week when he was stabbed to death.

Driver murdered

According to Speed Sport magazine, the 37-year-old driver was murdered last week at a gas station in Westminister, California.

The publication noted that East was the son of renowned race car builder Bob East, and said he caused a “storm” in the United States Auto Club (USAC) when he began racing two decades ago.

It added that East went on to have a brief career with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).

Fox News quoted a press release put out by the USAC which praised East for having been “an immediate success” in the world of motorsports.

“His first career triumph with the USAC National Midgets in 2001 at Schererville, Indiana’s Illiana Motor Speedway made Bobby the youngest USAC national feature winner ever at the time, at the age of 16,” it stated.

“His three winning performances in 2001 made him the winningest USAC National Midget Rookie in more than a quarter century. Ultimately, he was rewarded as the series’ Rookie of the Year,” the press release went on to point out.

Suspected killer dead

Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner reported that East’s suspected killer was fatally shot by police on Friday as they attempted to arrest him in a SWAT raid.

It cited a statement provided by Westminster Police Department as saying that SWAT Team members “responded to serve a search/arrest warrant” for 27-year-old Trent William Millsap in Anaheim, California.

“During the service of the warrant, the West County SWAT Team encountered Milsap. He became confrontational with officers, and a police K-9 was deployed. Subsequently, an officer-involved shooting occurred,” the statement explained.

It added that although no officers were injured during the incident, “a police K-9 sustained a single gunshot wound that was not life-threatening.” Authorities are said to be conducting an investigation of the events surrounding Williams’ death.

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