Co-Founder of Oculus Rift Killed by a Hit and Run

Andrew Scott Reisse, co-founder of the virtual reality gaming headset Oculus Rift, was the victim of a hit and run during a police chase in Santa Ana.  Reisse, who lived in Santa Ana, was struck by the car while he was crossing a crosswalk on Thursday May 30th.

The police chase began when 3 gang members, led by 21 year old Victor Sanchez, were fleeing from the police in a Dodge Charger.  The Dodge Charger hit 2 other vehicles and passed through several red lights before fatally hitting the 33 year old Reisse.  Reisse was not involved in any sort of way; he was merely an innocent bystander.

All suspects are currently in custody, and are being treated for their injuries suffered in the crash.  An official investigation is ongoing.

Reisse moved to Southern California about a year ago, and co-founded Oculus VR in Irvine.  Oculus VR released an official statement about Reisse’s death.

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.

We here at Leviathyn extend our deepest condolences to Reisse and his family.

(Source – Kotaku, ABC)