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.