Andrew Scott Reisse, co-founder of Oculus VR and a graphics engineer, was killed in Santa Ana, California on Thursday at the age of 33.
Reisse was crossing a sidewalk in Santa Ana when a Dodge Charger carrying suspects fleeing the police struck and killed him. Police say the car was driven by 21-year-old Victor Sanchez, who ran "several red lights," including one near where Reisse was killed.
Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe and chief software architect Michael Antonov made a joint statement regarding the situation:
"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."
He created the next step in technology and he won't be able to see the amount of lives it changes in the future. I hope he knows that his work will better many peoples lives. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Andrew.