33 year-old Oculus co-founder Andrew Reisse was hit and killed on Thursday by a car containing alleged gang members who were fleeing police at high speed. They ran several red lights including the one that governed the section of road Reisse was crossing, ABC reported.
The driver is recovering in hospital from injuries he sustained during the crash.
In a statement on the Oculus website, the company he helped create paid tribute to him.
- "Andrew was a brilliant computer graphics engineer, an avid photographer and hiker who loved nature, and a loyal friend. Andrew was unique in so many interesting ways. He was extraordinarily kind and utterly selfless. He was a mentor and an inspiration to everyone around him.
- "Andrew's impact on the software and hardware we've developed at Oculus is immeasurable. He was a lead on the Oculus SDK, the Unreal Engine integration, Hawken VR, and nearly every demo we've shown since the company inception.
- "Andrew was taken from us long before his time. Words cannot express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family.
- "Andrew, you will always be in our thoughts and never forgotten. We love you, Reisse."
Our hearts go out to the Reisse family and to the team at Oculus.