Oculus Rift Co-Founder Struck, Killed by Car Fleeing Police

Andrew Scott Reisse, co-founder of Oculus Rift, was struck and killed Thursday by a car being pursued by police in Santa Ana, Calif.

ABC7 Local News in Santa Ana reported that Reisse was walking in a crosswalk when he was struck by a car that police say was driven by gang members. The car allegedly was fleeing police after an altercation that resulted in an officer-involved shooting.

Oculus VR released the following statement about the news:

“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.

Some of us have known Andrew since college, and have worked with him at multiple companies beginning with Scaleform in Maryland, which he helped start at age 19, then at Gaikai in Aliso Viejo, which brought him out to California, and finally at Oculus where he was a co-founder and lead engineer.

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

Andrew will always be in our thoughts and will never be forgotten. We love you Reisse.”

According to police, the incident began when police saw two vehicles full of people involved in an undefined criminal activity. Their investigation resulted in a physical altercation between police and the suspects, police said, which ended with the officer-involved shooting. The suspect involved in the shooting later died at the hospital.

Three other suspects then reportedly took off in a white Dodge Charger and were pursued by police. Police said the Charger hit two vehicles during the pursuit, before ultimately killing the 33-year-old developer in the crosswalk at Flower Street and MacArthur Boulevard.

The suspects were arrested and are currently in custody, and an investigation is ongoing.

Game Front’s thoughts are with Reisse’s friends and family and we offer our condolences.

 

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10 Comments on Oculus Rift Co-Founder Struck, Killed by Car Fleeing Police

TheOneS2K

On June 1, 2013 at 8:07 am

The cruel and stupid world, why does it come down to stuff like this?

People learn to become successful some do and some don’t and then bastards
like these guys take away brilliant individuals from this world. I hope these guys
get the highest punishment attainable and suffer in prison for a long time.

thedog

On June 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

Oh that is just not right. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Just suffering similiar losses myself, I can really understand what they’re going through.

quicktooth

On June 1, 2013 at 9:12 am

@Jack @Grizz – Your blind race hate is showing…

Funny story. Today was the first time I’ve used an Oculus Rift. Made me really bl00dy sick. On the other hand, it was very clearly The Future. I’ve wanted there to be good VR since I first heard about it in the early 90s. Now one of it’s co-inventors is dead; just when I’ve gotten to appreciate his work. Well… sh!t. Poor guy- just an awesome dude, making wonderous things. You will be missed. :( :(

Ron Whitaker

On June 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

This is a sad story, but not one that should be engendering blind racist commentary, therefore those comments have been removed. It matters not who was behind the wheel of that car, only that a brilliant man was taken from us too soon.

Sad

On June 1, 2013 at 11:16 am

Pathetic that you can have your comment from here for ‘blind race hatred’ in a story about hispanic criminals murdering a respected game developer, yet repeat-trolls such as ‘lol’ face no repercussions for their actions.

Phil Hornshaw

On June 1, 2013 at 12:33 pm

@Sad

Worth noting that nobody has been convicted in a court yet.

quicktooth

On June 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

@sad – at no point in the article does it mention the ethnicity of the criminals. What’s your source?

@ron – thanks very much! At last a Gamefront staffer is taking the hatchet to posts to enable the comments to remain out of the usual pit of bile and insults and depravity that internet comment threads go to. Woot :D

Sad

On June 2, 2013 at 3:01 am

@quicktooth – I apologise, I clearly misread the article. I thought it said the name of one of the suspects but it was actually the name of somewhere Reisse worked. I assume therefore that it WAS just blind racism from the removed commenters. I stand by what I said about repeat trolls getting away scott-free, though.

quicktooth

On June 2, 2013 at 6:40 am

@sad- no worries :)

Red Menace

On June 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Well, they are Latinos with alleged gang ties, but it is not relevant. My source is our local news.

An unfortunate loss and my sympathies are with his family.