Oculus Rift co-founder killed by vehicle in hit-and-run police chase

Andrew Scott Reisse, one of the co-founders and developers for the Oculus Rift, was killed by a fleeing vehicle in a Santa Ana police chase. According to ABC News, Reisse was walking in a crosswalk when he was struck and killed at the end of a police chase Thursday.

ABC News is reporting that the incident began when officers were investigating suspicious activity between two vehicles. A physical altercation between police and 26-year-old Gerardo Diego Ayala ended with a fatal officer-involved shooting, and 21-year-old Victor Sanchez and two other suspects then took off in a Dodge Charger. With Sanchez driving, the Charger slammed into two vehicles during the pursuit before hitting Reisse, knocking him 30 or 40 feet from the impact. Police say all are gang members on probation, with outstanding warrants for their arrest.

In a statement by the Oculus Rift team, they praised Reisse’s “brilliant mind” and said:

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.

Reisse, who was 33 years old, was a programmer and did most of the work on the UDK integration for the Oculus Rift. News of the passing made the top post on Reddit this afternoon.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family of Andrew Scott Reisse, and his friends and team at Oculus Rift.

Source: ABC News