Sad news today regarding Company of Heroes and Relic designer Brian Wood, who died in a car accident on Friday.
According to The Province, in an effort to avoid an SUV heading straight for the vehicle he and his pregnant wife of five years, Erin, were traveling in, Wood cut the wheel of his vehicle so the unavoidable impact would hit the driver’s side instead of the passenger’s side of his Subaru.
While Wood’s decision only cause a minor head-injury for his wife, it unfortunately ended his life.
“All the policeman say that if we had hit the car head-on all of us would be dead, ” said Erin Woods. “At the very last second (Brian) braked really hard and turned right so that he would be put in the path of the SUV and not me and the baby, and that is the only thing that saved us both.
“I am not going to waste the gift he gave us.”
According to the police report, the driver of the SUV was attempting to remove her sweater, and handed over control of the vehicle’s steering wheel to the passenger.
Two male passengers in the back seat were also killed in the wreck and the passenger sustained a pelvic injury. There was also evidence of drug use by the occupants of the SUV, and all were known to police.
The driver has been charged with three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault, with the passenger who took the wheel expected to face the same charges.
VG247 wishes Wood’s family and Relic the best during the sad times ahead.
[Update: A memorial fund has been set up in Wood’s name. If you wish to donate, you can do so here – JC]