Microsoft HoloLens designer and engineer Mike Ey was killed in a bizarre hit-and-run on State Route 520. He was traveling down the road when a car struck him from the rear that was traveling at more than 100mph, police say. Robert Malsch was the driver of the vehicle and is being held on a $100,000 bail. Ey had an uncanny relationship with the people he worked with and was genuinely an innovator in the space. His forward thinking in the virtual reality space was something that really wasn’t matched at any of the major players in the industry right now.
Even worse, he was so young. At just 30-years-old he was poised to have a long and healthy career that could have spanned several more decades before his life would have come to an end. Instead, we’re talking about losing one of the brightest minds in the tech world – at just 30.
Philippe Johnson, a friend of Ey’s, was the last to see him and said “He really was a tremendous friend.” That, of course, even above his professional accomplishments, seemed to be the thing most people knew about him. While there was no question that his presence in the world of augmented reality – his presence as a friend and as a person far outweighed any of that.
Malsch, on the other hand, faces vehicular homicide charges as well as felony hit-and-run charges that will not be easily dismissed. Another one of Ey’s friend pointed out that driving angry is never a wise choice, and ultimately took his passing as an opportunity to speak out for those who have been hurt or killed by someone behind the wheel. His friend said, “Take the time to think about what you’re going to do before you drive some place. My dad only had to tell me once not to drive angry, and that’s just being angry; that’s just being emotional!”