Company Of Heroes Dev Gave His Life To Save His Family

Further information regarding the tragic death of Relic Entertainment's Brian R. Wood in a vehicle accident on Friday night reveals that the developer's final act saved the life of his wife and their unborn child.

As we reported yesterday, the lead designer on Company of Heroes Online was driving his Subaru Outback with his wife of five years, Erin, who is pregnant with their first child, when they were struck by a speeding Chevy Blazer driven by 21-year-old Jordyn B. Weichert.

The 33-year-old developer was killed in the crash. His wife and their child survived the crash, thanks to Brian's last-minute sacrifice.

According to Erin Wood, she and the baby would not have survived the crash had Brian not swerved at the last minute, taking the brunt of the impact himself.

"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.

Along with being a lead designer with Relic Entertainment, Wood also sang baritone with the Espiritu Choir in North Vancouver and enjoyed spending time outdoors.

He will be remembered fondly by his coworkers, his family, and of course, his wife and child.

"He was always sacrificing himself for me and the baby," said Erin Wood.

"He was the most amazing warm-hearted man you would ever meet who loved his job, loved his family, and was just my rock. I am not quite sure how I am supposed to live the rest of my life without him. He truly was a gift and I wouldn't change a thing of any of our moments together. (The baby is) due Nov. 5 so it will come quick and then I look forward to seeing little glimpses of Brian in our baby and that gives me a lot of strength right now."

According to Washington State police, evidence of drug use by the driver and passengers of the Blazer was discovered at the scene, and the occupants of the vehicle were known to police.

The driver of the Blazer, 21-year-old Jordan Weichert, was allegedly removing a sweater while driving, asking her 22-year-old passenger Samantha Bowling to take the wheel. Both survived the accident. Weichert is being charged with three counts of vehicular homicide and one of vehicular assault. Bowling is being investigated for the same charges.

The other two passengers in the Blazer died in the crash, 25-year-old Jacob Quistorf and 26-year-old Francis Malloy.

Brian's father, Ed Wood, says the family harbours no anger towards Weichert and Bowling but feels they need to be put away so the tragedy doesn't happen again.

"I don't feel a sense of anger. I feel a sense of profound loss. I don't feel a need for vengeance or anything of that sort. But I do believe these people need to be put away. They are going to kill somebody else and themselves and they need to be put away just for the good of society."

North Van dad-to-be's final act saves family [The Province - Thanks Moc]


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    Company of Heroes dev dies a hero. Wow sad story.
    RIP

    Rest in peace Brian R. Wood.

    I hope your family can pull through.

    What a champ. He was a good man. RIP mate

    Looks like the gaming community is poorer for losing a man that helped bring about an awesome game and the world is poorer for losing a person with a good heart.

    I'm at a loss for words. How one drugged out fuckwit with a sweater ends up being responsible for the deaths of 3 people, and only 3 because of the desperation of one of them... It causes fury.

      Not only that, but the 'f*wit' who caused the crash managed to survive.
      Sometimes it seems there is no justice in events like these.

        the worst part is... in aus, he'd probably get off with a slap on the wrist. Aus who hands out fines for the smallest most random things to everyone, can never seem to actually punish someone when they actually do something WRONG.

        wonder why I struggle to have any respect for the law...

          @matt. As a fellow Aussie he would not be getting a slap on the wrist for taking someone's life. The other driver would definitely go to jail I would think - facing involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving charges to say the least!

          Regardless, what a champion and a quick thinker to save his wife and unborn child. RIP

            Actually Matt's right... the Australian justice system is insanely broken. If that happened and they did get jailed, expect their sentences to be eventually cut to half. broken

    This is a very sad story, and I don't mean to try and take away from the tragedy here but this quote

    “I don’t feel a sense of anger. I feel a sense of profound loss. I don’t feel a need for vengeance or anything of that sort. But I do believe these people need to be put away. They are going to kill somebody else and themselves and they need to be put away just for the good of society.”

    is BS. Odds are these 21 year olds have done drugs and then drove many times, without an accident. Now that this has happened and they have seen the potential consequences I'm sure they would never drive under the influence, or do something stupid like try and change their sweater, again. There is certainly the possibility that they would do it again but I think they deserve the benefit of the doubt.

    I mean I'm sure we have all done similar things just not to the same degree. How many times have you driven home after having a couple of drinks? How many times have you been driving at felt extremely tired but decided to push on? How many times have you taken your hand of the wheel for a moment to grab a drink or your ringing phone?

    Just because a couple of kids made a dumb mistake doesn't mean they have to be sent to jail because they are definitely going to do it again and get others killed.

      Sigh...

      The point is they DID make a dumb mistake. They deserve to pay for their actions. So what if they end up in jail for ever and a day. They had a choice and they chose wrong, they deserve every punishment they get. If people were more cautious and actually stopped for a second or two and thought things through, the world would be a much better place.

      And just because they made the mistake once, in no way means that they wouldn't do it again. They were "known to Police". That generally means they have previous records and I can bet you that it was drug related. They deserve worse than jail. Why should tax payers hard earned dollars keep these inconsiderate low lifes alive? If found guilty, they should meet the same fate as the people they killed.

      I'm sorry mate... but i can't agree with your statement one bit.

      I refuse to be party or an apologist for that type ot stupidity. Yes everyone makes mistakes but as you mentioned it yourself "not to the same degree"

      There is a fine difference between being careless to downright dangerously stupid (I would class being under the influence and changing clothes while driving on a Highway as one of those). You are talking about a 21+ year olds here not teens or HS kids on a joy ride, they aren't "kids" anymore not in AU and not in US their full grown adults who should have a complete grasp of the consequences of their actions.

      I've nearly lost my own parents to such stupidity myself and believe me Wood's wife is definitely a lot more forgiving than me to make a statement like that. Bottom line is accidents caused by gross dangerous stupidity like these completely fsck up innocent and decent peoples lives. Do the crime do the time.

    They told us about this sort of thing at my defensive driver course. One of the reasons that the driver is the most likely to die in a crash (when there are multiple people in the car) is this, the driver will typically try to swerve in such a way to protect their passengers, it's completely instinctive for a lot of people (eg parents driving their children).

    I'm glad his wife and unborn child are ok.

    It's sad that 3 people died, and that many more (friends, families) have to suffer because of one idiot's actions.

    I read this today and thought about my own son. I shed a tear for this man and what he did for his own.

    He's a true hero, saving the life of his family and giving his own. Too often that titles handed out to people who don't deserve it, but giving your own life in order that others may live, that's definitely worthy of it.

    This story is goddamn heart-breaking. What's done is done though, this kid will live with 3 deaths on his head for the rest of his life.

    Stupid idiots driving like this.

    God damn tragedy :( Brian R. Wood.

    God damn tragedy :( RIP Brian R. Wood.

    Well, it's a good thing he was killed instantly. A man of his moral caliber doesn't deserve to suffer until death. It's so sad that he had to die in the first place, but he was truly a hero.

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