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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