Game Designer Killed In Accident, But With A Final Act Of Bravery
Company of Heroes is only for PC but that doesn't matter. What matters is that the gaming industry has tragically lost one of its own.
Brian Wood, lead designer for Relic Entertainment and partly responsible for the aforementioned critically acclaimed franchise, was tragically killed over the Labor Day weekend when his Subaru wagon collided with an oncoming Chevy Blazer. But it appears Wood's final act in life was one of supreme self-sacrifice and heroism. As his wife said, "in his final act he did the only that would save us:" with the Blazer bearing down on them, the 33-year-old Wood braked hard and swerved to the right, so as to accept the full force of the collision, thereby saving his wife of five years and their unborn child. Brian was killed instantly but his wife, Erin, only suffered a non-lethal head injury.
"All the policeman say that if we had hit the car head-on all of us would be dead. At the very last second (Brian) braked really hard and turned right so that he would be put in the path of the SUV and not me and the baby, and that is the only thing that saved us both.
I am not going to waste the gift he gave us."
The Blazer crossed the center line when the driver tried to take her sweater off while driving, and asked the passenger to take the wheel. Washington State Patrol found evidence of drug use at the scene in the SUV, and "all of the occupants are well known to police." "There is quite a drug history there," said Sgt. Jason Longoria. The two male passengers in the rear of the vehicle were killed in the accident; the driver, Jordyn Weichert, 21, is in custody and facing charges of three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault. Unsurprisingly, none of the occupants were wearing seat belts.
Erin Wood said her husband's last act of bravery doesn't surprise her, as "he was always sacrificing himself for me and the baby." Finished Erin:
"He was the most amazing warm-hearted man you would ever meet who loved his job, loved his family, and was just my rock. I am not quite sure how I am supposed to live the rest of my life without him. He truly was a gift and I wouldn’t change a thing of any of our moments together."
Brian's father, Ed, said the entire family is dealing with the grief as best they can, and is not seeking revenge against the driver of the SUV. However, he did say he believes they "need to be put away" and that they're "going to kill somebody else and themselves." Erin added that "there is no place for anger in my heart right now - it is all sadness."
It's clear that Brian Wood will be missed. It's also clear that drugs - both illegal and legal - will continue to be the bane of our society until we implode. This never should've happened. Forgive this brief opinion aspect of the story but hey, someone needs to say it. R.I.P., Brain. And all the best to Erin and the baby.
9/7/2010 2:58:18 PM Ben Dutka