The Irish Canadian man who saved his wife and unborn child's life by sacrificing his own is being honored by the support being shown to his family by his fans, video game players.
Brian Woods, a lead designer at a popular game developer, Relic Entertainment, was driving his family car home when a Chevy Blazer came straight for his car. His pregnant wife in the passenger seat Wood swerved to put himself in the path of the SUV. Woods was pronounced dead at the scene while his wife and child survived.
Faceless gamers have come out in support of Woods grieving family. A memorial trust has been set up and within days of the accident countless game developers, journalists and fans posted links on Twitter and Facebook. Thousands of supportive comments, messages and financial donations have flooded in.
Erin Woods, Brian's widow, was so moved that she sent an open letter to the gaming community on the popular game blog Kotaku.
She said "Brian always told me about how close-knit and wonderful the video game community was, but I had no idea until this tragedy just how special a group it really is…From all the articles and comments, to the emails and donations, I am simply stunned and so touched by the love, kindness, and generosity shown to me and my family."
At the time of his death Brian was working on "Company of Heroes" online, a free-to-play version of Relic's award winning game. It is currently in open beta-test.
The two back seat passengers in the Chevy Blazer were also killed. The driver of the SUV Jordyn Weichert has been charged with three counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault. Local media reported that heroin, cocaine, marijuana and a handgun had been found in the truck. It is believed that the driver was taking off her sweater when the accident took place. The passenger was stirring the car when they lost control. The passenger's charges are pending.
Speaking about the accident to a local newspaper, the Province, Erin said "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."
"He was always sacrificing himself for me and the baby."