Company Of Heroes Dev Dies in Crash

Brian R. Wood, lead designer of Company of Heroes Online and a key player in the development of the series as a whole, was tragically killed on Friday night in an automobile accident north of Seattle.

Wood was behind the wheel with his wife Erin when his Subaru Outback was struck head-on by a Chevy Blazer driven by 21 year-old Jordyn B. Weichert. Two passengers in Weichert's car were killed, while it's alleged that the young driver was also under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.

The Washington State Patrol say Weichert could be charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault once she is released from hospital, while another passenger in her car, 22 year-old Samantha R. Bowling, may also be charged with vehicular homicide.

Wood was 33. His wife, six months pregnant, is "hospitalized but in improving condition".

Our thoughts go out to Wood's family and everyone at Relic.

Vehicular homicide charges possible in Whidbey crash [Seattlepi]


    Seriously, kill this guy and harvest his organs. Its the only way he will be worth anything to socitey now, especally since he left a child without its dad, if its alive that is.

      "Jordyn" is apparently a womans name, not a mans.

      Wow... what a terrible reply to a tragic accident.

      I feel for all parties involved, even the person who caused it. My best wishes go out to his wife and child, this is very rough.

        As callous as that first reply sounds..

        If you have ever been on the receiving end of an accident caused by "people lacking in sense" (to put it politely) you would know how much more "aggravating" it is because it was completely preventable.

        On the topic.. a damn damn shame and sad day =( CoH is still one of my fave RTS next to SC that i still mess around with today.

      It's a she, but yeah, what a stupid woman, leaving a family without its dad - and two other families one member short - just because of her damn drug habits. Aaaargh this makes me so angry!

      Kill this WOMAN. It was a female driver... But yes I agree with you. Take out the trash.

    This is probably the most depressing thing I have heard all year. His wifes still alive with (if theres no complications) his child.

      First up, this is a tragedy and I feel for his family and the industry for the loss.
      But the most depressing thing you have heard this year? You havent been paying attention to the floods in pakistan then have you. Over 2000 dead and 20 MILLION injured or homeless (that is the population of Australia) Its a sad thing, but there are MANY more depressing things out there in the world. This kind of stuff happens every second of every day.

        Dylan have some respect buddy. dont bring your world news stories in to discredit what is a terrible tragedy.

        not to discount whats going on in the world but your opinion just there was completely out of place.

    R.I.P Brian. Your contributions to gaming will be cherished and you will be missed.

    I think it's disgusting, all the "kill the other driver" comments.

    It's a good thing you "rational" people aren't in a position of power. I would guess this whole thing has ruined her life enough as well.

    As I said, I feel for all parties involved. It is a tragedy for sure. The only real happy ending is if the kid grows to become as successful as his father and the female driver is able to move on with her life.

    Yes this is shit, yes there were drugs involved, but at the end of the day, this is still an accident.


    Shit man..... thats bad..... RIP Brian R. Wood. Hope is wife gets better. Just.... Just fuck.....

    Wow that really really sucks.
    I guess the CoH Steam weekend sale is in memorium then. RIP Brian Woods.

    What this article fails to write about is that Brian R. Wood is a true Hero. He sacrificed his life so that his wife and unborn child would live.

      Thanks for pointing this out. I have no words for this tragedy. He is a real hero.

    So, according to the province, it wasn't drugs, but the fact that Jordyn was driving down the highway WHILE TAKING OFF HER SWEATER that killed everyone. Seriously, this idiot should be failed back to grade 2.

    Drugs or not I just can't believe this woman was taking off a sweater while driving... I mean really... The Province article says these people were known to police as well, that's even worse, wish they had the power to take their licenses away after earlier offenses. If shes too retarded to pull over at a gas station or ANYWHERE she shouldn't have been driving in the first place.

    "The Washington State Patrol say Weichert could be charged"

    Uh.. Could? That's a joke right? SHE BETTER BE CHARGED, it should be first degree vehicular homicide 15 years max sentence. It's not like a swarm of bees flew into her car, her DECISION TO TAKE OFF A SWEATER WHILE DRIVING CAUSED THE ACCIDENT.

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