Oculus Rift cofounder Andrew Scott Reisse was killed in a freak accident over the weekend. Reisse was struck and killed by a car in a cross walk just a few miles from his office.
The tragic incident was apparently the culmination of a lengthy police chase. Following the crash, the three suspects fled the car, but they were eventually arrested. The 21-year-old driver of the car will face murder charges.
The Oculus Rift team paid its respects to Reisse in a brief statement, describing him as a brilliant computer engineer, a nature lover, hiker and avid photographer. He was also a founding member of the team.
“His code is embedded in thousands of games played by millions of people around the world. Words cannot express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family,” the team said.
Oculus Rift developer kits are shipping out. Sadly though, Reisse won’t see his brainchild hit the market.