Game developer who designed Company of Heroes has died in a car crash.

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Rob Daviau
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B.C. video game designer dies in collision

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A North Vancouver video game developer has died in a head-on collision in which three people were killed, police in Washington state say.

Brian Wood, 33, who developed the game A Company of Heroes, died Friday on Whidbey Island when an SUV crossed the centre line on Highway 20, investigators said Monday.

Two passengers in the back seat of the SUV also died. Its driver and front-seat passenger are recovering in hospital and could face vehicular homicide charges, said police.

The driver was allegedly taking off a sweater while the passenger was steering the SUV, which veered into the oncoming lane and hit Wood's car, said Washington state trooper Mark Francis.

Wood's pregnant wife, Erin, survived and is also recovering in hospital.

The Relic Entertainment game Company of Heroes won several awards in 2006 for Wood, 33, who was Relic's lead designer.

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Yeah you can probably call

Yeah you can probably call 911, it's what you would do if you saw a drunk driver.

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Update: Company Of Heroes Dev Gave His Life To Save His Family

It turns out that Mr. Brian R. Wood, game developer of "Company of Heroes," was himself a hero. This is taken from a "Kotaku" article:

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"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."

Rather than a head-on collision, the Chevy Blazer struck the driver's side of the Wood's Subaru, crushing the roof and killing Brian instantly. His wife escaped with a non-life-threatening head injury.

Please read the full article on the "Kotaku" site. Here is the link:

http://kotaku.com/5631947/company-of-heroes-dev-gave-his-life-to-save-hi...

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I 100% relate

Rowdy, I just hundred percent relate to your rant. I feel pretty much the same way. Tailgating is also my main gripe. And people not being courteous/assholes taking huge risks with the lives of others.

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I remember when I first got

I remember when I first got my phone I tried calling someone while driving (I made sure I was in a safe place with no traffic), and realized at once that there was no way I could do that safely. It took my attention off the road in a dramatic way. I never tried it again. Trying to text, which requires actually inputting things into the keyboard--man, that's just NUTS.

Social pressure won't stop these jerks and bimbos texting on the road. That bimbo you honked at probably just thought you were being mean or unreasonable.

I found this site to determine what your state permits. If it is illegal, it seems like calling the cops and reporting it might help. Apparently, you are supposed to call 911 for these kind of situations. Of course you need to remember the license plate, make, model, etc., and....lol...pull over yourself to make the call!

It might sound like overkill, but you might just save a life!

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Great loss, hopefully some eyes are opened.
Carmine wrote:

Unfortunate turn of events. Rowdy Rob just referenced Company of Heroes as a great rts earlier today.

Coincidentally, "Steam" just had a weekend special for the "Company of Heroes" collection, and I took advantage of it. It was then, via "Steam," that I read that Mr. Wood had passed away. It is a tragic loss.

Mark Vergeer wrote:

Pointless senseless. It's just friggin' insane what some people are thinking when they drive their killer machines along the road. Taking off a sweater, texting to friends or even making a road-movie while driving can kill.....

I do a lot of driving (a sort of job requirement), and I see crazy stuff on the roads all the time. It's a wonder that the roadways aren't total, daily, all-out bloodbaths, based on what I've seen.

Then again, be honest with yourself (all of you, in general, not directed at Mark specifically). We all occasionally make mistakes while driving. "Whoops, sorry, I didn't mean to swerve into your lane, but you were in my blind spot," or "oooh, I thought I caught the yellow light, but it just turned red as I sped through," etc. etc. etc. This is why I almost never honk my horn, no matter how close a call it is. Next time, I could be "guilty." Hopefully, no one gets killed.

That having been said, I drive as defensively as I can, but I constantly see crazies out on the road doing irresponsible things. My main gripe is tailgating. But.... I actually see people "texting" all the time! I don't mean to sound sexist, but I can't think of the last time I've seen a man texting; it's always females. You can tell because if they're just talking on the phone, they're holding the phone to their ear, but to text, you have to hold the phone in front of you.

I once watched a girl "tailgating" a MOTORCYCLIST while texting on her phone!!! I'm talking about a few feet from the biker's rear tire at about 55 miles per hour! I rarely honk my horn, but as I was in the other lane, I actually HONKED at her, pointed at the biker, and signaled her to back off, scowling at her. If you rear-end a biker at high speed, HE (or she) IS DEAD!!!! (She gave me the middle finger!!! But she did back off!)

In my area, ducks, geese, and swans frequently cross the road (on foot, not flying), and motorists stop to allow them to cross. No matter how much of a hurry you think you're in, most motorists think it's cute (and amusing) to wait for ducks (swans, geese, etc.) and their ducklings to waddle across the road before proceeding. Well, I recently watched a texting girl PLOW into some crossing swans. Feathers went flying, and there was one remaining young swanling(?) who just lost his/her family. There was no excuse for the girl, since everyone else had stopped (including me). I imagine she was horrified, but what if that had been a human being, or a car in front of her that had stopped???

That's my greatest fear while driving: that I may be responsible for someone else getting killed. I'd rather that it'd be me that dies. Imagine the horror of living the rest of your life, knowing that you killed someone because you couldn't wait to text someone "yo U R Qt L8R" or whatever.

Why do people text while driving??? Back in the day, you had to wait until you got home before you could call someone on the phone, but now people text while driving. Perhaps cars should have some sort of "block" to prevent texting, if that's possible.

Sorry for getting off on a tangent, but perhaps the loss of a great game designer might be a small catalyst to awaken some people to the dangers of "driving while distracted." That includes me. I will endeavor to be even more vigilant while driving.

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Oops. You're right, it was GM

Oops. You're right, it was GM and Chrysler. Sorry, Ford!

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Pretty sure Ford wasn't

Pretty sure Ford wasn't bailed out... In any case, on one side these companies didn't deserve to be saved, but at the same time, it would have been even more disastrous for the job market if these companies didn't remain in business. It's always a tricky situation.

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Yes, I saw a mom sitting at a

Yes, I saw a mom sitting at a green light, texting away with her phone right up to her face. When she was honked at, she turned, but didn't put down the phone! IMO that should be grounds for revoking your license.

I am often reminded that we have far too many cars on the road anyway. Public transportation seems infinitely safer and more efficient. I try to ride the bus as much as possible. Of course, our government has far too much money invested in car companies to ever really promote public transit. I was livid when they bailed out Ford and GM. Just a horrible waste no matter how you look at it.

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Horrible accident

Pointless senseless. It's just friggin' insane what some people are thinking when they drive their killer machines along the road. Taking off a sweater, texting to friends or even making a road-movie while driving can kill.....

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Man, no kidding. I feel sorry

Man, no kidding. I feel sorry for everyone involved, particular Erin. The driver of that SUV must feel terrible.

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