Oculus Rift VR headset co-founder and lead engineer Andrew Scott Reisse, 33, was tragically killed in a wrong-place, wrong-time accident on Thursday when he was hit by a car evading police during a high speed chase through Santa Ana, California.
Reisse was reportedly crossing a street near the Oculus Rift offices when the car – allegedly driven by gangster Victor Sanchez, 21, and accompanied by two accomplices – ran a red light and hit him. Sanchez crashed the car further down the road, and the three men were arrested by police as they attempted to escape the scene on foot.
In a statement, his colleagues Brenden Iribe and Michael Antonov said that:
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.
Some of us have known Andrew since college, and have worked with him at multiple companies beginning with Scaleform in Maryland which he helped start at age 19, then at Gaikai in Aliso Viejo which brought him out to California, and finally at Oculus where he was a co-founder and lead engineer.
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
Andrew will always be in our thoughts and will never be forgotten. We love you Reisse.