For those who loved and worked with 30-year-old Mike Ey, he was a man who made life better for those around him while he was in the process of trying to change the world.

“He was the most reliable person ever,” said Ey’s girlfriend, Kelley Piering. “You could ask him anything and he would make sure it got done, whether he knew how to do it or not.”

Friends say Ey’s professional passion was perfecting “HoloLens,” Microsoft’s new “augmented reality” tool in development that blends the digital world with the real world. The technology will eventually enable anyone to create and interact with three-dimensional holographic images in real space.

“He said it was the coolest thing ever,” Piering said. “It’s looking at the future while holding the present. Mike said it wasn’t perfect but it was going to be one day.”

Early Saturday morning, all those big personal career dreams were shattered when Ey’s car was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver going over 100 miles an hour on State Route 520, according to police.

Max Scott said he saw the driver, Robert Malsch, speed toward Ey’s car.

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