This Friday, the video game community lost one of its own in a tragic accident. Brian Wood, a designer at Relic who worked on Company of Heroes, lost his life after a head-on collision with an SUV in Washington state. Wood is survived by his wife, Erin and his yet unborn child.
According to police reports, Wood's final act was heroic. As an out-of-control Chevy Blazer hurtled toward the Wood family, Brian braked hard and swerved his car so that he would take the brunt of the impact, saving his wife and child. While the crash was fatal to Brian, his wife escaped with only minor injuries and his child was unharmed.
“All the policeman say that if we had hit the car head-on all of us would be dead. 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," Erin said.
As for the other car, police report that the driver was apparently changing her sweater and asked her passenger to take the wheel, a tragic mistake. The car jumped the center line into incoming traffic, and left Woods, and two passengers from the other car (25-year-old Jacob Quistorf and 26-year-old Francis Malloy) dead.
The driver, Jordyn Weichert, 21, is in custody awaiting charges of three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault. Police suspect drugs were among the causes of the crash. “There is quite a drug history there . . . and we found some evidence of that at the scene so that leads us to believe there were drugs in their systems,” said Sgt. Jason Longoria.
“More than anything he was a wonderful man," Erin said of her late husband. "He was so excited to be a father and he did the only thing he could to save his baby and it is so telling about who he is as a person that he was willing to sacrifice himself to save us. That is the true measure of a husband and a father. He loved life and was just so thankful for everything.”
Source: The Province