Every driver’s worst nightmare came true for Brian Wood when an SUV swerved across the median forcing him to make a split-second decision that would leave his family forever changed. Brian Wood, 33, a video game designer at Relic Entertainment, tragically passed away on September 5, 2010, when he made the decision to save his pregnant wife and unborn child. Wood sacrificed his own life when he turned his vehicle in order to take the brunt of the head on collision himself. Erin Wood, Brian’s six month pregnant wife, said that her husband made a conscious decision to keep the Chevy Blazer away from her side of the vehicle. Tragically, Brian Wood was killed on impact.
It was later discovered that the driver of the Chevy Blazer was changing her sweater at the time of the accident. In addition, police uncovered illegal substances in her vehicle such as marijuana, heroine, cocaine and even a gun. Two men in the back seat were not wearing seatbelts and were killed in this horrific accident. The driver is alive.
After the Washington state accident, many gamers around the world came together to send Erin Wood their condolences, prayers and donations to support the family. The couple’s child is due in early November, and Erin said she will make sure her son or daughter knows why his/her dad died at such a young age. She talks about her husband and says:
More than anything he was a wonderful man… He was so excited to be a father and he did the only thing he could to save his baby and it is so telling about who he is as a person that he was willing to sacrifice himself to save us. That is the true measure of a husband and a father. He loved life and was just so thankful for everything (from The Province).
To help Erin through this tragic time, the Brian Wood Memorial Fund has been established. Find out more at the Brian Wood Memorial website. May he rest in peace.