Nvidia Marketing Manager Killed In Train Accident (UPDATED)

Nvidia Senior Marketing Manager Phil Scholz, left, died Monday after being struck by a train in Santa Clara.

UPDATE Saturday, January 25 11:55 AM.: Scholz died while saving the life of the second victim, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Security camera footage from the scene confirms that just prior to the accident, Scholz was apparently talking to the unidentified man, who had fallen down on the tracks. Moments before being hit by the oncoming train, Scholz reached out from the platform in an attempt to pull the man to safety.

It is still unknown at this time why the second victim was lying on the tracks, or why he was also not killed by the impact. The man remains in critical condition and is still not capable of speaking to police about the incident. We will update this story with details as they become available.

Original article appears below.

Phil Scholz, one of Nvidia’s senior marketing managers, was struck and killed Monday in a commuter train accident at a Caltrain station in Santa Clara, Calif. He was 36 years old.

The Santa Clara Coroner’s office confirmed to Game Front that Scholz was the victim killed in the accident, and according to a report from SF Gate, a second victim was also struck, and survived after being hospitalized for surgery. The accident took place at about 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara University-adjacent Santa Clara Caltrain station. The second victim, whose name has not yet been released, is expected to survive, the report states.

According to a report from MercuryNews, the train that struck Scholz was “…an express commuter that does not stop at the Santa Clara station and was traveling between 50 and 70 mph.”

The circumstances of the accident have yet to be officially confirmed, but Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann said it’s “incredibly unusual” to see a train accident involving two victims, according to the Mercury news report.

Scholz began working for Nvidia in 2001 as part of the PC hardware maker’s university recruitment team. He then moved into a marketing manager position in 2002, and occupied several marketing positions, up through his most recent position – Senior North America Marketing Manager for Online Retail — which he started in January 2012.

Nvidia issued an official statement to Game Front regarding Scholz death:

“We learned the tragic news this morning and are still in shock. Phil was beloved by everyone here for his heart, his passion and his incredible strength of character. We are working to assist his family during this very difficult time.”

This story will be updated with any further details or information regarding memorial services and funds as it becomes available. Game Front’s condolences go out to Phil’s family, and his second family at Nvidia.

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35 Comments on Nvidia Marketing Manager Killed In Train Accident (UPDATED)


On January 21, 2014 at 1:58 pm



On January 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm

You made a mistake in your first sentence. Not San Francisco, but Santa Clara. Oh, and Caltrain has a lower case “t”. Feel free to delete this comment after you update the story.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm


Thank you, corrected.


On January 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm

“Uncle Phil” was a fixture at PDXLAN for years. He was truly an upstanding guy who died while trying to help others. This is a great loss for the gaming community and he will be missed. Thoughts and prayers out to his wife and family, and the nVidia team.


On January 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Uncle Phil was loved by the community at PDXLAN. He will be missed.


On January 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Today Nvidia and the gaming community as a whole lost a great man and a great friend. he had a smile every time I saw him and every PDXLAN or meeting he was always able to light up even the darkest situation with just a smile.

He will be missed greatly by all.


On January 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

He will be missed greatly and was a huge part of the PDXLAN Family!


On January 21, 2014 at 5:27 pm

This was incredibly sad news to hear, I know he will be very much missed by everyone.


On January 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Terribly sad news. Phil was a cool, down to earth guy. He definitely brightened a lot of people’s experiences at WCG and PDXLan, and always seemed to have a passion for bringing that to our community. You’ll be missed Phil.


On January 21, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Knew him for years. He was a man anybody would be lucky to know. Integrity. Kind. Awesome. RIP brother.

Red Menace

On January 21, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Terrible, a hell of a way to go. RIP.


On January 22, 2014 at 1:35 am

I am not here to troll, but it would be petty lucky if any of you here could remember this guy from a year from now. Good luck even with nvidia. They’ll just hire a new manager to fill in his shoes and life will move on. The sad fate of the world is, no matter how popular you are, no matter how many good deeds you’ve done, and achievements you’ve achieved, you will be forgotten. Our very existence will cease to exist one day. Our identity, our personality, our memories will fade away into thin air and only fragments of information will remain.


On January 22, 2014 at 2:14 am

RIP :’(


On January 22, 2014 at 3:29 am

My prayers for him and his family.


On January 22, 2014 at 3:51 am

Wow man that is cold and calucated.


On January 22, 2014 at 3:52 am



On January 22, 2014 at 4:14 am



On January 22, 2014 at 7:50 am

I still don’t understand how the f*ck he and the train were on the tracks at the same time. I commute on Caltrain every day and you have to WANT to be on those tracks to be on them.


On January 22, 2014 at 8:39 am

For anyone else speculating, my understanding is Phil saw someone in distress on the tracks. He gave his life to help a complete stranger. Rest in peace Phil. You will be greatly missed.

On another note, SHAME on you RIP & Joe for what you both wrote. This is the one time you should just keep those thoughts to yourself. I hope whomever is the owner of this post deletes those totally uncalled for comments.

Phil Hornshaw

On January 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm


We were told some things to that effect as well, but because the investigation into what happened is ongoing, we couldn’t verify that that’s what happened — so we couldn’t include it in the story. However, if and when more information about what happened becomes available, we’ll be sure to update the story with it.

Oscar Martinez

On January 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm

It was awesome having Phil as a baseball teammate last year SJMSBL White sox.He made some great play’s for us at 1st base and was an awesome guy in the dugout.You’ll be missed Phil.


On January 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I was on the train and it was not fun. :(

Thanks for posting an update to this. The news never reports on these things after they happen. As someone who has been involved in 5 Caltrain deaths in the past year it may be kind of weird but I like to at least know who they were and how/why it happened.

Really sad and my thoughts are with his family.


On January 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I second JD’s posting that was directed at both RIP and Joe, regarding their inappropriate and infantile commentary.

Please have it immediately removed before Phil’s family and/or close friends have to endure their remarks.


On January 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm

they were about to defect to AMD but nVidia agents caught them first……


On January 23, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Phil was in my 1/2nd split class, but I did not really know him until my junior year when I did newspaper for a semester or 2. That was 16 years ago. I know my classmates and his classmates will never forget Phil. He was one of the most positive, fun people to be around. You liked yourself more when he was around. He is solid, and there were but a handful of people you will know in your life like him. I will not be surprised at all if the circumstances indicated above prove to be correct. Thank you Phil for making the works a better place during your short time here.

College friend

On January 23, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Even though Phil and I had not been in touch since college ….I know I will miss him forever! He was one of the good ones. This is a terrible tragedy for everyone who knew him. He will definitely be missed. Lots of love to his family.


On January 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm

A person like RIP is someone to feel sorry for………what a cynical & thoughtless comment at such a time. Additionally, it might be something that could come true for the person who posted it as they obviously have no empathy, but it certainly is not true about Phil. Maybe another generation from now, the loss will no longer be mourned to many people, but to all the lives that were touched by him in THIS generation, it is not possible. People who think of others and touch lives in many positive ways live on in the lives of those who knew them. His life touches even those who didn’t know him in a positive way. Many supportive wishes go to his wife and family, and to his many friends both AT work and beyond.


On January 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

“by” not “to”……..


On January 25, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Good grief…….should have read my comment before posting it…….so many mistakes! I meant to say that people are touched in a positive way even by people who didn’t know him before.


On January 26, 2014 at 12:17 am

Movies and fiction that society is engulfed in make it seem like there are heroes everywhere. In truth, people like Mr. Scholz are extremely rare. I’d imagine that whatever capacity he exists in now, that it’s one currently being rewarded generously. May your wife and family receive the infinite strength of a universe that bows in response to your selflessness. You will undoubtedly be missed. It’s one thing to sign up to defend your country, fight fires, or keep our streets safe. To jump in at a moments notice when traversing your normal day-to-day life and make the ultimate sacrifice, is something completely different. Rest well, Philip Scholz.

Rob Feight

On January 26, 2014 at 12:35 am

There needs to be a memorial put on Nvidia’s home site for Philip. I’m going to contact the main office to try to get this done. I implore anyone who feels like this man is a hero and deserves to be remembered, to do the same. Here’s the number to the office in Santa Clara, Corporate Headquarters. Let’s get this guys family the honor he deserves. Tel: 1+ (408) 486-2000 (If you’re not comfortable calling, here’s an email: Info@nvidia.com) Thank you.


On January 26, 2014 at 2:16 am

While it’s obviously sad that he died, it’s awesome that he died saving someone else. The man’s a hero and should be remembered as such.


On January 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Before more details began appearing, he already sounded like a great guy who would be greatly missed. After reading he apparently saved another person, I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns up on the news stations, or at least the local ones for sure.


On January 27, 2014 at 12:55 am

Not sure this has been reported on here (probably not) but there was another notable death in the world of gaming in the last few days or so. Justin Carmical, who portrayed the videogame-reviewing character ‘JewWario’ on the internet for websites such as Channel Awesome/That Guy With the Glasses, died from what has apparently been speculated to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His wife confirmed the news but I don’t know if she confirmed the cause of death. Nor does Rob Walker’s eulogy to him (http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/site-news/general-updates/42083-a-farewell-to-justin-carmical-jewwario) elaborate.

Sad times all round.


On January 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

Update: I’ve since read his wife’s confirmation post and she did in fact confirm that he shot himself. In fact, she was in the house with him and had tried to talk him out of it. Two very different but equally sad deaths to mourn.