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 Flight Simulator  Developer Steve Lacey Killed In Road Rage Incident
Flight Simulator Developer Steve Lacey Killed In Road Rage Incident
July 25, 2011 | By Kyle Orland

Local media is reporting that Steve Lacey, a Google engineer who had previously worked on numerous games for Microsoft Game Studios, was killed in a road rage incident this weekend. He was 43.

Seattle's KING 5 News reports that Lacey's BMW was struck by a Hyundai Sonata on Interstate 405. He was reportedly killed instantly.

The Sonata driver, who authorities believe had been drinking, said he was attempting to chase down a separate car he claims had cut him off. He is being considered for vehicular homicide charges, according to the report.

Lacey started working at Microsoft in 1995, after the company's acquisition of his London-based startup RenderMorphics, according to a bio on his personal web site. In 1998 he began work leading feature teams on games including Flight Simulator 2000, Combat Flight Simulator 2, Flight Simulator 2004 and FSX.

Lacey was also credited on Xbox titles Munch's Oddysee, NFL Fever, and Crimson Skies before leaving Microsoft in 2006 to start SwitchGear Software, a startup that "aimed to reduce the pain of home computer ownership."

He is survived by a wife and two children.

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Brandon Sheffield
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ugh, that is just awful.

Eric Geer
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That's awful. My condolences.

Thomas OConnor
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so completely senseless. Everytime I read something like this I stop driving for months

Todd Boyd
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People are just.. so.. STUPID. This is tragic and senseless. :( "This guy cut me off, so I figured I'd put everyone else's lives in danger so I could give him the finger."

J Benjamin Hollman
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This is sickening.

A man who made a life for himself by developing software that taught people of all ages how to safely and responsibly operate a passenger vehicle...I hope that is taken into consideration during this nutjob's trial. If we have to be reminded in such a tragic way that there is no natural justice in this world, let us at least find what justice we can through human law.

Jonathan Escobedo
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His games made a lot of people happy, myself included. My condolences to his family.

Andrew Johnston
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God, this is horrible. I worked with him at Microsoft and he was one of the nicest people I had ever met. How senseless someone so kind, calm and intelligent should be killed in such a horrible way.

Luke Quinn
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This is why I hate cars so much.

People are so very blasé about driving, thinking nothing of checking their phones, doing their make-up, or screwing around watching dvds on their dash-mounted tvs.

When the hell will people wake up to the fact that they are actually piloting a ton of steel at incredible speeds around near people and their homes?

This case is especially sad as an intelligent, useful contributor to society, who had a family, future, and purpose was taken from his friends and family by some worthless brain-dead retard who feels it is his 'right' to drive despite the fact he can't keep his animistic instincts in check.

The worst part is that the government seems to condone this with ridiculously light sentences for anything related to driving cars recklessly, drinking alcohol, or generally being a right wing redneck.

I just hope that a sensible judge is appointed to oversee this trial, and that this thoughtless narcissistic scum-bag is taken out of civilised society for as long as is legally permitted.

Jack Niehsner
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Very sad news. My condolences go out to his family and friends.