On Saturday, ToMoCo's executive engineer for hybrid vehicles in the States, David Hermance, died after his plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Long Beach, California. The 59-year-old was an avid pilot who was reportedly performing aerobatic stunts when his Interavia E-3 stalled and plummeted into the water.

Hermance worked for General Motors for 26 years before leaving the automaker in 1991 to join in the development of Toyota's hybrid vehicles, including the Prius. Not just an engineer, Hermance also served as a spokesperson for the company, touting the brands hybrid offerings both in the U.S. and abroad.

[Source: Detroit News]