Company of Heroes designer sacrifices life for wife and unborn child

The first thing Erin Wood wants her baby to know is that Dad, Brian, died to save their lives.

“. . . In his final act he did the only thing that would save us,” said Wood, 31.

With an out-of-control Chevy Blazer bearing down on him, the 33-year old North Vancouver man braked and swerved his Subaru wagon so that he would take the force of the head-on collision, saving his wife of five years, pregnant with their first baby..

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MMFGaming2988d ago (Edited 2988d ago )

Wow. That's really, really sad. :(

How fitting that such a hero worked on a game called Company of Heroes.

Edit: And the people who killed him were druggies and possibly under the influence when they crashed into him? I hope they rot in jail for the rest of their lives, the scum bags.

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mrv3212988d ago

This gives me hope for man kind, that someone would so selflessly give their life to save another human being. I hope the driver of the other car is punished beyond the fullest extent of the law.

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Nike2988d ago

A story that i can honestly say deserves to be the top story of N4G. This man deserves nothing but the utmost respect and admiration. As RememberThe357 said, rest now among a company of heroes.

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Sony3602987d ago (Edited 2987d ago )


Will you shut up and stop over thinking it?

A man is dead.

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Cueil2987d ago

any real man will always put himself between his woman and danger... while I'm sure he was attempting to avoid any collision that would result in death he was also taking steps to insure that his loved ones where less likely to be injured/killed that's what goes through a mind of a real man

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moparful992988d ago (Edited 2988d ago )

I am terribly saddened by these event but I think people are too quick for revenge.. Everyone keeps saying these terrible things but the bible has a different approach...

"Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

—Romans 12:17-21

It's in GOD's hands now.

Tricksy2988d ago Show
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sparta762988d ago (Edited 2987d ago )

So u saying his avatar should be of Jesus!?

That sucks. Now the baby is gonna grow up without knowing her father. Cause some retard wanted too take off a sweater.

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SilentNegotiator2988d ago

"but I think people are too quick for revenge"

You have a Kratos avatar, dear sir.

SantistaUSA2988d ago

I understand the comment, actually it just made realize a few things going on with life, and I'm glad I read it! Thanks buddy!

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HavenOfFear2987d ago (Edited 2987d ago )

My tip for you is to never bring up God in a conversation on the internet. Not that it's bad or anything, but there's quite a bit of conflicting opinions that just leads to trouble.

Back to the News article.
Wow, was my one thought at the end of the article. This man truly died a hero and I wish I had a chance to know what he was like. I have the utmost respect for Brian Wood and I hope the child grows up knowing how much Brian loved him/her.

inveni02987d ago

If you read the quote from the Bible literally, it doesn't make any sense--like the rest of the Bible. But if you take it, instead, as a lesson of compassion, then it makes perfect sense. Hardening your heart towards those who do you wrong will only hurt you more than it hurts them. You have to move on. That being said, I've never had someone kill my wife or children. Returning evil with kindness is a nice idea, but in practice, I'm sure I'd be loading my shotgun right now.

Also, anyone who complains about his Kratos avatar is a moron, and is just picking apart something for the sake of picking it apart. That's stupid. Grow up. You can play a video game without supporting the actions of the character. It's people like you that go on Fox News and complain about Grand Theft Auto.

f7897902987d ago

Tell that to they guy planning to burn a bunch or korans on 9/11.

huzzaahh2987d ago

The Bible is nothing but a book of fairy tales.

Nihilism2987d ago

If there is a god...he is certainly not worthy of worship. He created us in his image...look at the horrific things humanity is capable of.

If he exists he is one sick mofo.

"God is dead and no one cares, if there is a hell i'll see you there" -NIN. T.R is my god.


I think it's amazing that people do things like this. It's human nature to instantly do anything for self preservation, to do what he did without thinking shows real strength of character. I saw a video in australia...a car ran up a was going to slam a lady and her baby into a glass store front....he jumped in front and took the full blow....shit like that gives me hope a world full of religious fanatics like moparful99 who make the world that much more intolerant, ignorant and dangerous.

tomford162987d ago (Edited 2987d ago )

You say one thing about God and you get disagrees? Right. He's not trying to convert you. Calm yourselves. Moparful I for one think that it was a very powerful passage. And even if you don't believe in God that the values in the message itself are great. I think the far greater evil here that you all should be rallying against is not the fact that he took a couple of lines from the Bible or said the word God, but that a great man is dead because of some druggies.

Edit: Oh and you people calling moparful99 a religious fanatic sound much more fanatical then he did in his statement. Question. Would you have said some thing if he had quoted the Qu'ran? I doubt it.

Hudahudahuda2987d ago

Man people sure do get fanatical when god is mentioned. I think that it is great that you bring a powerful message even to a gaming site which I know is filled with many rebellious edgy teenagers eager to attack God.

What this women did was stupid, and she will pay as she should. But once I am reminded of all the regrettable stupid crap I have done I am humbled and I realize how very capable I am of doing the same thing under some very unlucky circumstances.

acky12987d ago (Edited 2987d ago )

Why does religion have any place in two cars crashing and people dying from the consequences? The consequences should be dealt with using logic and reason and a fair trial should be undertaken to lock away any people responsible for this horrible accident.

No excerpt from any holy book is going to console the family of this man right now, especially one as useless as you quoted.

Ultraplayerxd2987d ago

Come on guys GROW UP! moparful was giving INSIGHT. He wasn't trying to convert you or anything, but trying to console and give advice with a powerful message. God, you guys get your panties in a bunch over such a little thing. And so what if his avatar is Kratos? Can't people game any more because it conflicts with their ideas? Maybe I shouldn't play GTA anymore cause I don't believe in killing people.. .

@moparful bubs 4 standing by your beliefs man.

acky12987d ago

I don't think there was any need for him to bring up his beliefs as they are irrelevant. It was after all him who started attacking peoples beliefs that justice should be sought in the here and now rather than possibly in the afterlife. If the family wants to take comfort from religion fair enough, but it is none of our business.

In any case, we should all be thinking of the family right now and the bravery of the man who died.

Heart goes out to the victims of this accident.

Sameh2987d ago

Absolute bullshit. If God existed, such a horrible thing would never have happened... Have some respect.

FunAndGun2987d ago

who's hands is it in if there is no god?

shotgun_ps32987d ago (Edited 2987d ago )

I wanted to read the comments section on this page to see if gamers can turn the tragic deaths of 3 people into an argument and congratulations you succeeded.

likedamaster2987d ago (Edited 2987d ago )

Mopar was just giving his opinion, with a little scripture in there as well. Nothing wrong with that. Everyone quotes someone, he's simply doing the same.

This is not a religious debate, nor was his opinion intended for that.

It isn't like he mentioned how much of an insult the theory of evolution is to humanity & human intelligence, claiming an explosion in an ink factory with some paper thrown in somehow gave us a dictionary. Or how a hurricane in a junkyard gave us an airplane. Takes more faith to believe in evolution.

Killman2987d ago

What bugs me about this comment is, if it was in GOD's hands, it would have been prevented. Why couldn't god spare the man who did nothing wrong and let those responsible die? Whats thats? He cannot do that??? Oh, I see. He doesn't exist. Its a tragic happening and no god is going to change that. Get with reality.

GAM2987d ago (Edited 2987d ago )

Half of you don't know shit about the bible and the other half is just too damn ignorant understand it! I promised myself that I won't judge, but reading your stupid comments made me sick. The bible is NOT to be taken literally! It's one big metaphor. GOD IS a metaphor, not a hairy guy with a beard! But I guess understanding that is way above your little brains capabilities.... I'm outta here man, this site is beneath me. (by the way - rest in peace Brian).

dawgsfan1172987d ago

All people like you in fact. Do us all a favor and shut the f.uck up. All the horrible stuff that happens in the world and I have to listen to people like you claim its in gods hands. Stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago maybe you should too.

moparful992987d ago (Edited 2987d ago )

I guess it's time I say something. To those who backed me up, thank you for the support you all can uderstand why I quoted scripture. I generally tend to keep my religion out of places like this because it can get very very heated as you can see has happened here.. But at the end of the day this is a terrible tragedy on both sides. People are acting like this girl intentionally did this and thats just not the case. She made a mistake which any one of us could easily make, we are no better then she is yet you have all of these people on here calling for blood.. I'm pretty sure that she is devestated at not only killing an expecting father but she lost two of her friends and almost killed herself. I quoted that scripture to give people some perspective on why we should forgive this girl.. This world is filled with such anger and hate because people are quick to anger. Even if you dont believe in GOD just living life by the teachings of the bible would make such a huge difference in not only your own life but in others... I do not regret posting that quote in fact I am glad that I posted that. You never know when a seemingly small act could change a life.. I just wish you all would respect me as I have you..... @KILLMAN You claim that if it was in GOD's hands this would have been prevented but thats not true. Everything happens for a reason and this man giving his life for his wife and unborn child is one of those rare moments in life where someone give selflessly and sets an example for us all.. If only everyone showed the bravery and sacrifice that this man did then this world would be such an amazing place. Instead everyone is only concerned with what he can do for himself.

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Rrobba2988d ago

Yea, those guys should be ashamed! Honestly what is society coming too? I hope those F*CK*RS die a miserable death in a small cell for the rest of their lives.

Gilliand2988d ago

Hope they line those people up on a cinderblock wall and execute them. Will raise that average IQ by several points.

Immortal3212987d ago

based on this....

Majority of video game's stories are too shallow these days.

solar2987d ago

the world needs more people like Brian. RIP soldier.

Tyler Durden2987d ago

not the death ofcourse, but the fact that he went against his primal refelxes and turned the car on himself in order to save his wife and unborn son. Maybe there is still some hope left in humanity. R.I.P Brian

PopEmUp2987d ago

just like in a movie :(

Misterhbk2987d ago

The majority of you are being absolutely ignorant. The world is full of people with different opinions. This isn't the subject of 'which console is better.' Someone died! There is no reason for everyone to be attacking one person because he believes in God and let his opinion be known.

God created man in his image, but he allows man to make his own choices. God doesn't decide whether we are going to be a Hitler or a Gandhi. We make that choice ourselves.

moparful99 couldn't be more correct. This is in Gods hands now. He'll decide if the acts they committed are worth them rotting in hell or otherwise. Not a bunch of idiots over the internet screaming out useless threats and wishes and hopes.

Have any of you ever heard the saying 'two wrongs dont make a right?' or 'turn the other cheek' or 'kill em' with kindness?' You people should take that to heart with these sort of subjects. Save the attacking and defending for when you're talking about your consoles.

LeShin2987d ago

...and yet you're attacking people who have different opinions to Moparful99? Dare I say 'hypocrite'?

Misterhbk2987d ago

who did I attack? What did I say that was 'attacking' in the slightest? I'd like for you to point it out for me because I dont know where it is. I'm addressing the people with different opinions. Not attacking them.

This, a hypocrite does not make, learn the definition.

creepjack2987d ago

Hyposcrisy and religion go hand in hand, and this is coming from a believer in God.

moparful992987d ago

This is why believers in GOD rarely talk about their faith, they are persecuted for trying to make a difference. I simply quoted a scripture that has a powerful message for our lives and the only thing that people took from it was me trying to push my beliefs.. We are all human beings, even those of us that follow GOD and his teachings make mistakes. However when we do make mistakes we are labeled as hypocrites.. I will be the first to admit that I make mistakes and I sin. But the difference is I account for my mistakes and I ask for forgiveness.. I also hold my fellow man to a certain standard but I dont belittle nor attack them for their short comings.. This is just one example of the difference GOD has made in my life. I just wish I could give this gift to others without them attacking me for my faith...

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Shani2987d ago

It is hard to make decisions like this when you are facing death in front of you.
He was true hero!

And Those guys from SUV should definitely get proper punishment. Silly and stupid mistakes like these causes so much pain and trouble to other people. Why couldn't they just take 1-2 minutes break for any work that can't be done while driving.
And Talking on cellphone and driving is bad too. Avoid it.

Darkfiber2987d ago

It's Canada, they wont rot for that long.

MNicholas2987d ago (Edited 2987d ago )

This kind of completely preventable accident is extremely common here in the US but very rare in other countries. The UK is beginning to become a bit like us but when it comes to sheer stupidity and delinquency, statistically speaking, they've got a long way to go to catch up to us.

Why are we such idiots?

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Otheros002988d ago

Proof why drugs are worse than games.

SeanRL2988d ago

Yes, I dunno who disagreed with you.

kaveti66162988d ago

I'm hoping whoever disagreed did so by accident.

FragMnTagM2988d ago

Crack, LSD, Methamphetamine, Extacy, Pain pills, Heroin, and such yes. Marijuana no. I smoke here and there and there is no way in hell I would ever do something that stupid. These people could have been really stupid to begin with, and the drugs just intensified it. I have done many a drug in my life, but would never do anything like that, much less drive in the first place.

For the record though, I agree with Otheros00. Video game are far superior to any drug.

mittwaffen2987d ago

Exacly, you cannot blame this on drugs alone.
Blame it on stupidity coupled with drugs.

Drugs=Hard drugs, pot isnt in that book imo (But just like drinking if not used in moderation (POT) may lead to problems/addictions)

Overall i've seen alot of people do stupid things and its based on their own stupidity and wanting to impress/fit in/be liked--drugs can come with the territory depending on who they want to impress/fit in/ be liked with.

Dont blame drugs, 1 in 5 teenagers never finish high school. And a few of them keep making stupid choices.

dktxx22987d ago

If the crash had been because the driver was playing a gameboy would it then be proof that video games are worse then drugs?

Don't make a message of this guys sacrifice. He doesn't deserve that.

Cueil2987d ago

that would just make the driver terminally retarted

cyborg2988d ago (Edited 2988d ago )

even when death stared him in his face. My granma used to tell me that those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of others found immortal peace. Erin, I hope you enjoy it in paradise, whatever it might be.

You were a great person and I am pretty sure your baby must be proud to you. RIP and I am happy that someone involved with gaming was such a nice guy.

/respect "wipes tears"