Update: We erroneously reported that Samantha R. Bowling was driving the vehicle. The driver was actually 21 year old Jordyn B. Weichert. We’ve updated the story below and apologize for the error.
Company of Heroes Online Lead Designer Brian R. Wood was killed on Friday night in a tragic automobile accident near Seattle, according to a report on Kotaku. According to Washington State Troopers, a 1994 Chevy Blazer crossed the center line of Highway 20 (Whidbey Island) and hit an oncoming Subaru Outback, driven by Wood, at about 8:50 p.m. The accident happened about five miles north of Oak Harbor. Wood died at the scene, while his wife Erin, who is six months pregnant, sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized. Her condition is said to be improving.
The driver of the Blazer, Jordyn B. Weichert, was the cause of the accident, according to police; the driver tried to remove a sweater while the passenger (Samantha R. Bowling) steered the vehicle, but the passenger lost control of the vehicle and crossed lanes hitting Wood. Police say that the driver may have been under the influence of drugs.
State Troopers said that the driver will be charged with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault and will be booked into the Island County jail upon release from the hospital.
Two young men riding in the back seat of the Blazer – Jacob D. Quistorf, 25, and Francis C. Malloy, 26, both of Oak Harbor – also died at the scene.
Wood was an important part of the Company of Heroes Online development team, a long-time Relic Entertainment employee and decent human being. He will be missed by fans, friends, family and colleagues. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Woods – as well as the friends and families of the other victims of this horrible tragedy.