Andrew Scott Reisse, the 33-year-old co-founder and lead engineer behind Oculus Rift virtual headset was killed by a speeding car while he was walking in a crosswalk in Santa Ana, California.
The incident started when the police saw two vehicles full of people involved in some criminal activity. When they proceeded to investigate, they had a physical altercation with 26-year-old Gerardo Diego Ayala which ended in shooting as police reports they’ve located a gun at the scene. According to the police, they were then in pursuit of a Dodge Charger driven by 21-year-old Victor Sanchez along with 2 suspects, who ran through several red lights, resulting in slamming into 2 vehicles before hitting Reisse.
Currently, the suspects are taken into custody, and ongoing investigation is going on. Meanwhile, Sanchez is recovering from his injuries in a hospital.
Oculus Rift VR headset is a campaign backed up via Kickstarter with more than $1.1 Million in donations within days. The idea behind the headset is something that many in the gaming industry irrespective of the gaming platform have truly respected and appreciated the potential that the headset had.
The company said in a statement:
“Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, a true loyal friend, and a founding member of our close-knit Oculus family.
Andrew’s contributions span far and wide in the video game industry. His code is embedded in thousands of games played by millions of people around the world. Words can not express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family.”