Relic and Company of Heroes Designer Brian Wood Dies

Relic and Company of Heroes designer Brian Wood, sadly, died in a car accident on Friday.

According to The Province, out of Vancouver, Wood and his pregnant wife of five years, Elin Wood, were headed to a family home on Whidbey Island in Washington. As they made their way there, an out-of-control Chevy Blazer crossed the center line and, seeing that they were about to be struck head-on, Brian slammed on the brakes and jammed the steering wheel hard to the right to get his pregnant wife out of harm’s way. The out-of-control SUV struck his car and killed him but his heroic act left his wife with just a minor head injury and left his unborn child healthy.

“All the policeman say that if we had hit the car head-on all of us would be dead,” she said afterwards. “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.

“I am not going to waste the gift he gave us.”

According to the police the occupants of the SUV were found to have drugs in their systems and there was evidence of drug use in the SUV. In addition, the passengers in the car were well known by the law enforcement in the area after having compiled several drug related arrests previously.

The accident was apparently caused when the driver of the SUV tried to remove her sweater. She had the front passenger hold onto the wheel, and the passenger swerved over the line.

The passenger who took the wheel and the driver will be facing three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault.

Brian Wood will be missed dearly by his wife, his future child, his family, and of course, the larger gaming community. Clearly, he was an amazing person, a loving person, a champion.

“He was always sacrificing himself for me and the baby,” said his wife.

“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.”

Source: The Province