Software engineer Steve Lacey killed in car crash

Software engineer Steve Lacey died in a car crash yesterday in Kirkland, WA. The Seattle-based website of television channel KING 5 reports that Lacey's death came as part of a road rage incident in which he did not partake. The Bristol-born software engineer had worked on such commercial products as Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, and Microsoft Flight Simulator X. In 2006, Steve Lacey joined Google, where he worked on multiple projects - most recently of which, was 'Chrome video'. He also briefly worked as a Software Engineer at Facebook in 2010.

Steve Lacey's death came at the hands of another driver on NE 85th Street, when the driver of a Hyundai Sonata lost control of his vehicle. The Hyundai rolled and crashed into Lacey's BMW. The driver of the Hyundai had been in pursuit of another car seen exiting Interstate 405 at high speed. According to the vehicle's driver, the reason he had been pursuing the other car was that it had cut him off on the freeway. Investigators believe that the driver of the Hyundai had been consuming alcohol prior to the pursuit of the car that had cut him off.

Police report that Lacey's death was instantaneous after the vehicle collided with his E46 BMW. He leaves behind a wife of ten years as well as two children, aged 5 and 7. The driver of the Hyundai is 56 years old and could be charged with vehicular homicide. Lacey's blog and Google+ accounts are both still online, and his work will not go unforgotten in the field of software engineering.

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Hope drunk driver never drives again. Though this is the US, he will be back on the road soon. Wish people really knew how often dumbass drunk and dumbass sober drivers are on the road, maybe something would actually be done about it. Nah that's alright, let's put on our rosey glasses and ignore it all.. alcohol is so wonderful, nothing wrong with the world.

Drunk Driving laws are weak everywhere.. I've never understood the idea of lessening a charge because the person did something illegal before hand.

Drunk driving, by itself, should result in a loss of license and forfeit of the car. And any crime committed while drunk should just add the intent.. ( ala making this Murder, rather than just manslaughter.. )

Then again these days even Murders don't get the time they deserve

That exit is right next to where I live o.O Sad story for sure. Scary to think you can be killed so easily by some irate driver angry at somebody completely non related to you like that. Seriously whats wrong with people? I feel bad for his family.

dtboos said,
That exit is right next to where I live o.O Sad story for sure. Scary to think you can be killed so easily by some irate driver angry at somebody completely non related to you like that. Seriously whats wrong with people? I feel bad for his family.

People are selfish and stupid animals, by and large.

If we REALLY wanted to end tragedies like this, we'd build cars that allow people to survive accidents.

We already do this every day for NASCAR etc. and it isn't that much more expensive to do. It's just that the car market wants cars to be disposable commodities so that we can keep buying new ones every few years.

I think maybe it's time to have a "safety cabin" option on modern consumer vehicles, don't you?

Otherwise, we're all of us at the mercy of some utterly random idiot event.

OMG stupid misuse of something causes someones death, let's call for a nationwide ban on cars...

Seriously though, very sad. My thoughts are with his family.

Software engineer Steve Lacey died in a car crash yesterday in Kirkland, Seattle.

Where the hell is Kirkland, Seattle? LOL

Whoever that is, my condolences.

Jebadiah said,

Where the hell is Kirkland, Seattle? LOL

Whoever that is, my condolences.

I think they were going for Kirkland, WA. It's about 20 minutes outside of Seattle, depending on traffic.

Home of Costco (hence why their brand is called Kirkland Signature) & home to a lot of current & former 'softies.

Mountain Dew said,

I think they were going for Kirkland, WA. It's about 20 minutes outside of Seattle, depending on traffic.

Home of Costco (hence why their brand is called Kirkland Signature) & home to a lot of current & former 'softies.

Ahh I see so thats where Costco gets it from thanks , and condolences of course such a wste.

Jebadiah said,

Where the hell is Kirkland, Seattle? LOL

Whoever that is, my condolences.

Let's use "LOL" like punctuation! LOL Doesn't matter whether it's funny or not! LOL

Mountain Dew said,

I think they were going for Kirkland, WA. It's about 20 minutes outside of Seattle, depending on traffic.

Home of Costco (hence why their brand is called Kirkland Signature) & home to a lot of current & former 'softies.

I didn't knew that. Thanks for the insight!
Sad to know when people dies, specially when they left behind little children

Sad to hear

Reminds me of Brian Wood, game designer at Relic Games who died in a car crash in Seattle just a year ago. His car was hit by a driver that had taken drugs, and was removing a sweater while driving.

Road rage is very scary indeed. Most of the time when someone is cut off it is not done on purpose. Why do some drivers get so angry when this happens. I have been chased down before because someone thought I cut them off, yeah like I did it on purpose. Too much anger today, just let it go and move on. It is not worth it. People have to be more forgiving.

paesan said,
Road rage is very scary indeed. Most of the time when someone is cut off it is not done on purpose. Why do some drivers get so angry when this happens. I have been chased down before because someone thought I cut them off, yeah like I did it on purpose. Too much anger today, just let it go and move on. It is not worth it. People have to be more forgiving.

Exactly. Trying to get revenge won't get you anywhere. The only way to deal with road rage is to let it go.

This is the kind of thing that makes me ask, why isn't it mandatory that all cars come with a alcohol level tester in order to start car, like some Japanese and German cars. That can't add much to the price of a car and would prevent a car from turning on if the driver has consumed more than the allowed by law.

sviola said,
This is the kind of thing that makes me ask, why isn't it mandatory that all cars come with a alcohol level tester in order to start car, like some Japanese and German cars. That can't add much to the price of a car and would prevent a car from turning on if the driver has consumed more than the allowed by law.

Because that would annoy the hell out of me. I NEVER, ever, drink. Why should I have to blow in a stupid thing every single time I want to drive somewhere? I don't drink or do drugs, EVER! There's no need.

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