A victim today who died as the result of being struck during a police chase has been identified as 33 year old Oculus Rift developer Andrew Scott Reisse.
According to KABC-TV in Los Angeles, Reisse was struck while walking in a crosswalk a few miles up from the Oculus offices.
He was struck after a mile-long police chase on Thursday, May 30 by a Dodge Charger carrying three suspects who had been in an altercation with police officers.
The incident started when police ans two cars full of occupants were involved in an altercation, which resulted in the shooting of 26-year-old Gerardo Diego Ayala by police.
His friend Victor Sanchez and two other suspects took off in car, and the chase ensued, with Sanchez running into two cars before he struck and killed Reisse in the crosswalk.
“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 to KABC.
“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.”
Some of Reisse’s co-workers had known him since college, and had worked with him at multiple firms. A grief counselor was made available for coworkers.
Reisse co-founded Oculus VR with Brendan Uribe, Palmer Luckey, and Michael Antonov and had been living in Southern California for about a year.
Via Venture Beat.