Googler Steve Lacey Killed by Drunk Driver

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Steve Lacey, a software developer working at Google died on Sunday, after being involved in a car wreck.

According to Kirkland, Washington's KING 5 News (via GeekWire) State troopers indicated that Lacey was an innocent victim of road rage and a driver who had been drinking. The suspect, according to the report, may be charged with vehicular homicide once he is released from the hospital. It quotes Trooper Jeff Merrill as saying, "The driver that was struck and killed had nothing to do with this incident."

Lacey leaves behind a wife of ten years and two children, which he lovingly mentioned in his bio on his website. According to the bio, he worked on the backend systemsm for Google Apps, building infrastructure, and was also working on some projects that were not yet announced. He also had a stint at Facebook, and worked for Microsoft and SwitchGear Software.

Lacey's passing is being mourned on Twitter.

Damn. RIP Steve Lacey: 5 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

RIP Steve Lacey, you will be missed for your works on MS Flight Sim and being a geek of geeks at #Google. 1 hour ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

Stories like this make you both incredibly sad and angry all at once. We have to calm down. 2 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

Tech celebrity Robert Scoble went so far as to put together a heartfelt eulogy for Lacey on Google+, where many others have commented to express their condolences:

My thoughts about Steve Lacy: 3D Pioneer and really great guy. We will miss him. 4 hours ago via Twitter for Mac · powered by @socialditto

WebProNews sends our deepest sympathies to Lacey's friends and family in their time of loss.

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