Classmates Mourn Moon Senior Killed In Crash

MOON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A Moon High School senior died in a car accident over the weekend.

Phillip Walker, 18, was driving on Spring Run Road Extension in Moon Township just before 10 p.m. Sunday.

The left side of his vehicle took the brunt of the force.

“We believe the car came down around the bend and for some unknown reason went through that telephone pole, sheared that telephone pole in half and continued down the road until it came to a rest against the guardrail,” Moon Police Captain Greg Seamon said.

The accident hit hard at Moon High School.

“It’s a tough day,” Moon High School Principal Michael Hauser said. “I’ve seen more kids in tears, but I’ve also hugged more kids today than I have in the last five years.”

Counselors were brought into the high school. They were available to all students who may have needed to speak with someone about the accident and the death.

  • hc

    Shame these kids are driving around in SUV’s. If they had a car that handled well and could brake well, they may still be alive. It really is a shame people think these SUV’s are safe. Think again!

    • Raise the driving age!!

      These kids today should be 21 before they are ever allowed to get into a killing machine on wheels. The majority of teenagers are immature, high or just too stupid to pay attention while driving because they are too busy texting all of their friends what they are doing every second of the day…like anyone with a real life even cares!!! Thank god this teen didn’t kill another innocent driver who actually knows to be in control of a vehicle. No one under 21 and especially no one age 16 deserves the right to drive. Also no one over the age of 75 should be driving either!

      • Tyler Blake

        Hey moron, ive know phil since i was in elementary school. He was a bright kid, always made people smile, responsible, and would do anything for anybody. Get to know somebody before you post a gutless comment like that. He was a safe driver, the part of the road he hit had black ice, no speeding, no texting, and he was paying attention. Maybe when a tragedy like this happens to somebody close to you, youll understand other peoples point of view

      • Courtney McNary

        It would be great if you could be a little more respectful. Phil was the best person I knew. His death is a tragedy and I’ll never forget him and how great he was. You need to watch what you say. Tons of students and people who adored Phil are reading this and are heartbroken. IIt took everything I could even to watch this news coverage and it is unnecessary for you to be bashing him. Seriously its bad enough this is happening. I’m still waiting to wake up from this nightmare and you are going to say these things?! Seriously, watch you mouth. You’re hurtful words are not welcome. …. Phil, we love you with all we have baby doll. You’re with the angels looking down on us now. We;ll never ever ever forget you <3

      • S

        so then more 21 yr olds can die? If you learn to drive when you are 40 you can see 40 year olds making the same mistakes. Hope that if you ever get in an accident, or your child people do not just say “Raise the age stupid teenagers” He was a great kid and unfortunately a lot of older people take kids lives with their poor driving skills.

      • ray

        i believe that you are only viewing your prospectives and don’t realize that a lot of kids hate doing things like that. my bestfriend was close to phil and he was a really good kid. you need to think about things before you speak like that

      • angry friend

        wow way to be considertate. you didnt know phil, if you did you would know he was a nice person and cared about everyone. do go and post things about people you dont even know. think about the family and friends that are going to read your rude comment. you shouldnt say stuff like that unless you know what really caused the accident…your really going to feel stupid when every thing you said was wrong and it was caused by ice or deer or somethign like that…your goign to burn in hell for what ur sayin

      • Keep the driving age

        This is all you have to say about a kid who lost his life last night? Shame on you. You can put this opinion somewhere else other then the page that everyone who is close to him will be reading and seeing. Phil was an awesome kid. and you have no idea what you are talking about.

      • Classmate

        i bet you felt differently when you were 16, and even 18. and you’ll feel differently when you’re ocer 75.

      • trish

        You are very judgemental aren’t you! He could have been a really great kid. Don’t forget that accidents do happen and he is a someones child who are suffering very much and especially three-weeks before the holday. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

      • Moon Student

        You didn’t know Phil like the rest of us students did. He’s not a stupid driver and doesn’t text while driving. I believe Phil was fully in control of what he was doing when the crash occurred. Sometimes bad things happen to good people doing all the right things, so don’t be too quick to wave your crazy opinions around just because no one knows who you are behind your computer screen. He was a great person.

      • Moon Student

        Look you inconsiderate person, you know nothing! Phil was one of the safest drivers in our school and sure as heck a better person than you! So don’t you even dare start stereotyping this great man because he was twice the person that you will ever be!

        So next you go and comment about the driving age and how ‘inconsiderate’ teenagers are, don’t. You’ve have said enough with this one comment.

      • Liz

        May I ask at what age you got your driver’s license? Or are you “the exception” because it sure seems like you know everything and aren’t afraid to step out of line when stating your opinion. I cannot explain how much this ignorant comment irritates me. NO ONE is safe when it comes to poor, icy road conditions. I know this road, it’s right by my house. It’s not an easy one to drive. So before you outspeak again, get your facts straight and be mindful of the people you are affecting by your assuming, hateful comments

      • John

        wow way to be nice about it. You dont even know the kid and your agressiveness is pathetic. I actually went to school with Phil. This accident wasnt alchol or drug related and he wasnt texing. Just shut up, your dumb

      • Nick

        the problem is, it’s a shame you weren’t the telephone that got hit. it was an accident, so shut your mouth, alright?

      • melissa

        this should not have been allowed to be left on this site. As hard as it may be i think that we should all ignore that comment and leave messages sharing the loving memories you’ve had with the Phil and all the nice things you have to say about him and also sending condolences to his family. Quit with the aggresive comments and sterotyping and all arguing… this precious kid just lost his life!!!

        R.I.P Phil you will be missed.

        and to his family you have my deapest and dearest condolences .. your in my prayers.


        you dont even know phil and you dont know the situation. you need to learn to speak before you talk. phil was a great kid and was no doing anything wrong or wreckless. If he was your friend or your family maybe you would be a little more considerate. AND HOW DARE YOU SAY THANK GOD AN INNOCENT DRIVER WASN’T HURT, HE WAS THE INNOCENT DRIVER YOU IDIOT. HE WAS AN 18 YEAR OLD KID DRIVING HOME, HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT.

      • matt

        uncalled for. honestly, what makes him any less innocent than anyone else on this planet? what if this were your child, would you still have the same opinion of the driving age? would it still be all his fault? Phil was a great kid. He doesn’t deserve to be blamed for something that was not his fault.

      • Stacey

        You must be a real idiot yourself. Practice what you preach…’re an adult and adults drive just as recklace and if not more. My understanding of where this accident occurred, there is no way he was speeding. He came out of a plan and turned right. Where he crashed is only a few feet away. He would not have been able to gain speed. I believe it was icy that night. Don’t judge others before you can judge yourself idiot.

      • Patty

        I knew phil just not very well, as I was on my way out of high school he was on his way in. When i did meet him, through track and field, he always was a cool laid back kinda guy. It is a true tragedy to have lost someone so young and with so much to look forward to in life. And to the “Raise the driving age!!” person, you are a detriment to society. Clearly you have a very limited education if you believe raising the driving age will solve a problem. First off there is no problem. most teen drivers are just as responsible as adult drivers if not more so. Second. What do you think will happen if you raise the driving age. Instead of having inexperienced drivers at age 16 you get inexperienced drivers at age 21. combine that with the right to drink alcohol at age 21 you are sure to have more deaths. The fact is teen drivers are not the problem. The problem is people like you who believe that since they are a so call “experienced” driver they are the king/queen of the road. So “Raise the driving age!!” person, I implore you to look at yourself and ask the question, Who is the problem, the 18 year old innocent kid who just lost his life 3 weeks before Christmas or you the scrooge who want to blame all of societies problems on those who come after you. Newsflash: you were 18 once too.

      • To the ignorant sob

        Who knows what happened, it is obviously cold out, so most likely it was black ice. How dare you assume that because of his age, he was automatically texting or high (as we all know what happens when one assumes). Anybody with words as hurtful and arrogant as yours should not be privileged to talk. Its the ignorant pos’s like you who need to think before you speak because one day, you will get you’re @$$ beat, which I truly hope I’m the one privileged enough to do so. You make me sick. I hope you feel the pain of losing two people within a year both of which died in two separate car accidents, and not because of they’re stupidity. Learn to think before you hurt anybody else with your biased assumptions.

      • Pam Horvitz

        Are you God? Were you there? You are pathetic. Why don’t you go pick on someone of your own mentality – like a slug.

      • Neil

        Phil was not a reckless driver, as anyone who knew him will tell you. We should be remembering Phil, not spewing nonsense about teenage stereotypes. Phil was a great kid and will be missed by his friends, school, and community.

      • STFU

        You dont know what happened so dont you dare judge.

      • parent of a moon senior

        Regarding “raise the driving age.” It has taken me some time to consider your comments, and I realize that I wasted my time over an inconsiderate, small minded, waste of DNA. Prayers need to go out for you as well .Think about the life of a beautiful person like Phil and the effect his death has on others like his family and friends, kids who do not know how to handle the death of a young person, reeling with countless emotions. You should feel deep shame! Enough about you. Everything I knew and heard about Phil is an example of what a young man should be. Kind, considerate, understanding, emotionally strong are just a few things that can describe Phil. Any parent would be proud that their children were like Phil. They say the good ones die young, what a shame it is to lose a fine gentleman like Phil Walker. You will be fondly remembered always and your short life will set a lofty example to be patterned after.

      • darryl

        you better hope noone finds out who you are


        How dare you!!!! I am Phils aunt. Have you ever lost someone you loved like a son, a daughter? No, of course not

        we miss you PHIL!!!!!!!!

      • Dave

        Karma will get you back…she always does. I pray you are forgiven before that.

      • Ricky Borne

        sir or mam… u are gross. and should never speak again. you did not know him so you dont know what he could have been doing. did u think that he may have just pulled out of the bon meade plan literally 200 feet up the street and hit a sheet of black ice. and if you are old enough to go over seas and die for your country, why the hell wouldnt you be able to drive??

      • Sean

        Regarding “RAISE THE DRINKING AGE” This was very immature and disrespectful of you to be so rude and judgmental to such a dramatic tragedy. You did not know him, you weren’t there and u didn’t know what happened. That’s very stereotypical of you. Teenagers shouldn’t drive? You shouldn’t have freedom of speech. Grow up man. Seriously. Would you say this to the people who were closest to him? I doubt it! What if someone you knew had died in a car accident and they happened to be a young adult? How would you feel then… I knew Phil for only a year and he was a great kid. This was very sad.

      • aj

        f you man shut the hell up

      • Anne-Marie

        I hope your comment is taken off this site. Shame on you

      • 2011

        you really sound heartless they are talkin about a young boy who losted his life and your rambling on about who should be driving and how teenagers are immature. Please get a life watch what you say

      • waldo

        To the person “Raise the driving age!!,” You deserve to never drive again or even breathe for that matter. For you to comment on this and say what you said, you deserve to be in jail.

      • waldo

        You will get yours one day. You have NO IDEA what his family is going through and the history of this family and what they have already been through. I suggest you pull your head out of your ass and get a clue. Next time you comment on something like this, get your facts straight.

      • waldo

        Go ahead and make the driving age 21. How many dumb ass drunks kill someone every day because they are 21 OR OVER and they decide to drive drunk, compared to how many teens possibly hit a patch of ice and side off the road. Huh? HOW MANY!!!!????

      • seneca valley student

        you are an idiot. how about having some respect for this person and their family. you act like this kid meant to do that. the driving age is irrelevant. it could have happened to anyone you moron. ever hear of black ice, or slick roads? i’m a senior at seneca valley, 18 also, and the past few years there have been too many deaths in our school due to cars, however none of them were because of irresponsibility behind the wheel. like others said, you didn’t know phil, and you go and bring drugs into this. just because some kids are bad drivers, doesn’t mean we all are. have some consideration for this community, the classmates, and most of all the family you arrogant prick.

      • ..

        i cant believe you would go on here and judge my innocent brother when really it wasnt his fault he never drank nor did he ever do anything wrong or speed and he did in fact know how to drive his car your so rude i cant believe you would write this.

    • Jimmy

      yeah its a real shame. damn them SUV s. are you mad? a beloved student has died and the debate is about the car he was driving. please be more considerate

      • again

        i was considerate. its a shame some people didnt get what i ment.

    • Abc

      What in gods name is wrong with you.

    • ???

      this is what you have to say about a dear friend and student who died? that it was his car? did you even know him…his family?? did you ever think that maybe he hit black ice and lost control of the car? it doesn’t matter what car you own if you hit black ice…nothing is going to help. did you ever think that it’s the only car he could of drove probably to help his family out? did you even know him or is family? what is wrong with you? you should be offering condolences not bringing up debates about what type of cars people should drive. you have NO idea.

    • Classmate

      you should really be ashamed of yourself. we’ve lost a classmate, a teammate and a friend and this is all you can say? it is really beyond disrespectful.

    • parent

      it wouldnt matter what car he was driving on black ice..get your facts straight

    • aj

      why dont you shut up right now. hows that sound before i shut you up myself

    • AT

      better hope to god that i or anyone in moon doesnt find out who you are or you might be seeing our boy phil sooner than you think

  • kasey

    Before posting ignorant comments about someone you dont know maybe you should consider who is going to read them. Not all teen drivers are reckless. More adults who think they can speed in their suv’s and get away with it while texting or whatever cause more accidents than teen drivers. Get over yourselves and have some compassion for god’s sake! Before you open your mouth think about what your going to post on the internet for everyone to see. You dont know this poor kid. Grow up.

  • photomom

    Agree with kasey. And shame on Raise the Driving Age, for his/her insensitive comments, about this tragedy!!! You don’t know what caused this accident. You could make your point in a much more sensitive, tactful way. You should first and foremost, be offering your condolences to this family, and his friends.

  • Courtney

    Phil is an amazing person. He always had a smile on his face and lit up the room anywhere he went. It absolutely amazes me that someone could be so ignorant by posting that. Not all teens are reckless, stupid, and get high. Maybe you don’t remember that you were young at some point in your life. Phil was an innocent driver. Phil we all love you and miss you dearly <3 Rest In Peace buddy <3

  • Don't feel safe with kid drivers

    No I do remember honey and I never took drugs or put anyone’s life at risk by driving recklessly. Yes the driving age should be raised and I don’t know him or any of the hundreds? thousands? of other teens that wreck every year, they should not have been behind the wheel either. It is the lawmakers fault actually…I am not blaming them, it is not their fault that the laws are too lenient on age. The truth is you guys are CHILDREN you have no right to be driving a 2000lb machine that you have no idea how to operate properly. He wasn’t even wearing his seat belt because kids are irresponsible. Point is why are you in such a hurry to grow up?

    • Classmate

      like someone else said, you can go to hell.

      it’s never okay to say that about anyone who has passed. Phil was way better than that. you have no idea what we’ve been going through as a school.

      until you go through the same thing we’re going through, shut the hell up.

    • Barbie

      you make me sick…

    • RIP

      You can go to hell. All of you that are disrespecting the fact that someone lost their life. You didn’t even know Phil, so WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? We lost a beloved classmate, a student, a team mate, a brother, a grandson, a son…a friend. So you need to stop. Yes, things like this happen all the time, but has it ever actually effected you, or someone you love? Obviously not, because you are one of the most inconsiderate people out there, so once again you can burn in hell. Rest in Peace Phill. Your smile is engraved in my mind for all eternity. We love and miss you.

    • Rest In Peace Phil

      half the adaults i see driving dont wear their seatbelts either, so I guess you think their to irresponsible to drive as well? this could have happened to anybody, not just a teenager. R.I.P phil

    • Ashley

      Children are ‘irresponsible, immature, stupid, and on drugs’ yet they’re telling you how to conduct yourself. Don’t make ignorant remarks about an incident when you have no clue what the person was like, what he had to experience as a child, and how this effected others.

    • Stacey

      I think you need to also realize that most adults don’t know how to drive either….adults are just as recklace if not more than kids are. I have seen to many adults that think they know it all and then guess what? They end up causing deaths themselves.

    • Liz

      Okay you TROLL…get off your high horse and get real. I guess that “adults” such as yourself are SUCH amazing drivers, that NEVER drink and drive, ALWAYS wear seatbelts and are completely IMMUNE to car accidents yourself. You are the most ignorant person I have ever wasted my time arguing with. Grow up, get a life, and start showing some compassion. Start showing some respect in this time of need of all the students of Moon High and of the family who lost a member just weeks before the Holidays. You may say teenagers are “immature” but they sure aren’t as IGNORANT and HATEFUL as you.

    • driver

      he was 18, a legal adult. legally to do what ever he wants, like drive. dont like the driving law get out of the country

    • Moon Parent

      What about the thousands of Adult drivers who are out there drinking and driving? They are just as dangerous as teen drivers are. I know a guy that lives near me that drove while drunk and killed a 28 year old kid on a dangerous road here in Moon and he still has his license and is able to be with his family while the kid he killed doesn’t get that chance anymore. I see women and men reading while driving and texting while driving and trying to reach back to their little kids while driving. IS any age safe to have a license? Its not just teen agers. Most adults should have them either. I think you need to rethink your stand on this issue…


      go to hell

    • Dan M

      Dear Human,

      You say us “Children” have no right to be driving. I have a few questions for you then.

      1.) We can’t drive…but we can go to war?
      2.) Have you ever been in an accident? If so, what age were you?
      3.) Do you have children? If so, How can you sit there and make hurtful comments about someone’s child?

      just three questions I’d like answered. You call all of us “Children” but it takes an ADULT to admit we’re wrong. Maybe you should act your age, delete your comments and write a strongly worded letter to your “Lawmakers” that have wronged you so much to lash out at grievers.


  • Feel safe with kid drivers

    You’re probably just an unhappy, overweight middle aged woman with nothing better to do with your time. Go step on a stair master and get some therapy.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with “feel safe with kid drivers”

  • Nemo Gib

    how about you just take your hurtful words and shove it. you have no idea the pain that is behind losing someone like this. your rude and reckless words should be forbidden. BUrn in HELL .maybe your the one that does not deserve to live, He had his life on track. he was a perfect boy, never harmedanyone. you have no right to judge at all.

  • ashley

    Last time I checked, adults could get in accidents, too. I know some teenagers who drive better than most adults. And why are you even starting this discussion? The point is, a teenager lost his life. Are you really that socially ignorant that you have to post about the car he’s driving instead of offering condolences? You need to get your head checked.

  • Courtney

    I have never done drugs always wear my seatbelt and drive very safely. So get your brain checked because there has got to be something rattling around in there. I don’t understand how anyone could be this rude over a tragic loss. There are plenty of old folk who wreck everyday and kill people from drunk driving. It’s not just young ADULTS who can drive wrecklessly. Anyone can. There are many stupid people in the world but miss I can promise you that Phil was not one of them. He was an amazing person that had a great impact on many lives. <3

  • Emily

    Im an adult and the insensitive comments made about raising the driving age, and complaining about what these kids are driving, etc. are completely uncalled for! These kids just lost a friend and no one is sure what caused the wreck yet. So, dont throw around your rude and immature assumptions until you know the final cause and the truth as to what happend. Always remember… karma is coming and shes just around the corner.

    • LIke^

      I completely agree

      • christian

        thumbs up to that one

    • Classmate

      Thank you so much for feeling for us. and i agree with what you’ve said 100%.

  • Rachel Richardson

    I wanted to offer my condolences. I remember when a friend of mine died in a car accident. I know the pain. I am praying for you all.

  • I Understand...

    I lost one of my best friends a few weeks ago in a car accident & a lot of people blamed her boyfriend. No matter what the case was or how the accident happened, NOBODY could’ve stopped it. God needed another angel & was taking her either way. The same goes for this boy. Though I didn’t know him, there’s NOTHING anyone can do to stop tragedies like these. If God needs an angel, he’s gonna get one. The ones with such rude & inconciderate comments need to be in an accident with someone who loses their life & MAYBE they’ll understand how hard this is to deal with.

  • michalle m.

    Wow. How hurtful and mean you are for passing judgment on a wonderful young man you don’t even know. I hope you never have to find out how hard this is.

  • shelley

    I am betting that you didn’t raise your own children right, because you have such a distorted view of teenagers.

  • william wright

    Keep Philip with you always, make automobile safety your cause..Remember him every time you get behind the wheel… drive like your life depended on it. RIP Philip, you will be missed.

  • anonymous

    dont make judgements about people you dont know. he was not a person who drove recklesly. he was a good kid with a big smile and even bigger heart. he could light up a room with his smile just by walking in. we will never forget the way he could make us laugh. he has seen so much in his life and you would not know it by looking at him. the only good thing is that he is now with his mom and doesnt have to be strong everyday. go check yourself before making comments and judging someone. rest easy phil walker<3 always loved.

  • anon

    yes, he saw things no 5 year old should see but he was a beacon of light for everyone in his short life. I hope he is up here in his mother’s arms. God bless his sister and grandparents who are left to grieve.

  • Fellow Student

    I know I never had a chance to meet Phil, but it was a devastating Monday morning at school when we got the news that one of our own was no longer with us. From what I hear he was a great kid. He was on the soccer team, and he never did anything wrong. Its sad that people post comments not realizing how the family feels. Just imagine all the things Phil wanted to do during his life that he never got the chance to do.

  • http://moon rest your beautiful soul

    I never met Phil, but this kid has touched many peoples lives and his sister and family are going through alot. don’t sit there and say kids shouldn’t drive. Many adults are getting in crashes and can barely drive being on thier phone so don’t sit here and say kids can’t. I find some kids more responsible then adults. but I just want to send my love to this boy and his family, Rest in peace

  • Classmate

    it’s really upsetting seeing some people acting so inconsiderate and disrespectful after we have lost a classmate, a teammate and a friend. they should really be ashamed of themselves. i know for a matter of fact that if it was someone they knew they wouldn’t be leaving such arrogant comments, and they would be furious as well in reading some of the comments that are already here. Phil was the nicest kid ever, and there wasn’t a single soul who didn’t like him, whether they knew him or not.
    in mourning the loss of Phil, we ask that you leave only the nice comments and memories of Phil. If you have something inconsiderate to say, keep it to yourself. it’s simply the polite thing to do, and any person with common sense would have already know that.
    thank you.
    and rest in peace Phil.

  • christian

    its ashame you guys are pointing out things like he shouldn’t be driving an SUV or he was probably high or not paying attention…he was a great kid who had a horrible accident at least have the decency to keep those comments to yourselves

  • NOTE to the RUDE WOMAN

    Accidents can happen at any age. Not all teens are bad drivers. It takes time and experience to learn how to be a good driver. So raising the driving age will only limit the time used to gain that experience. Maybe that rude woman should spend her time being less disrespectful to the friends and family of this young man and spend her time taking a lesson in Sympathy. The fact is a young man died and his friends and family should not have to endure ignorance during this difficult time. My heart goes out to you for your loss.

  • Linah

    This is a reply to the “Raise the Driving age comment”. After reading your comment, I would be ashamed to write my name on the credit too. As a former classmate of Phil, I find your comments not only repulsive but extremely offensive not only because of your stereotype of a beloved classmate but also extremely offensive to myself and everyone else in the Moon Area community. First, you personally do not know Phil, so it shows your “stupidity as you stereotyped him” to even judge his character. As comments earlier have expressed, Phil was a levelheaded kid who could make just about anyone smile. Trust me, its an honor to have known him, and maybe someone like you would have benefited knowing someone like this because he would have changed your “bitterness” toward the teenage population, and maybe his positive attitude could have rubbed off on you. Secondly, I hope you have learned from the 40+ comments above, that your insensitivity to this tragedy is hurtful, and that we all stand behind Phil and miss him. The problem not with society is teen drivers on the road, it is the people like you who stereotype people you have never met, and yet truly think your immature comments are helping society as a whole. You have obviously never met Phil and never will because of these unfortunate events. So please, do everyone a favor, and keep your repulsive, inconsiderate comments to yourself and let them stay in your closed mind. Rest in peace, Phil. We all miss you.

    • Classmate

      thank you so much linah. could not have said that any better.

  • Moon Student

    Rest in Peace Phil. Our school will be celebrating your life tomorrow (when we actually have school) by wearing crazy colors and soccer socks. I hope you see that and smile.

    We’ll see you again someday, but until then, I’ll see ya’ later.

  • @ LINAH


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