A senseless and tragic accident has robbed Oculus VR of one of its founding members. Andrew Scott Reisse died on Thursday after being struck by a car pursued by police. Coworkers report that Andrew was out for a walk when the incident occurred, and the entire team is stunned and saddened by the loss.
"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," the company said in a statement. "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," the statement said. "Words can not express how sorely he will be missed or how deeply our sympathy runs for his family."
Reisse was responsible for Oculus support within the Unreal engine – which includes the much touted Citadel demo that has wowed users of the new technology from coast to coast. Reisse was described by coworkers as extremely proud of the work he was doing, and will certainly be missed by all who knew him.