'Her whole life was ripped apart:' Mother's Day crash kills father, infant daughter

Pamela Moyer is the sole survivor of a Mother's Day crash in Whatcom County that killed her husband, Phillip Moyer, 25, and four-month-old Penelope Moyer. (Photo: Quintanilla family)

FERNDALE, Wash. - A deadly car crash on Mother’s Day has forever changed a Whatcom County family. A young mother is the only survivor of the deadly accident.

“Her whole life was ripped apart from her and her only daughter,” said Santos Quintanilla about his daughter, 24-year-old Pamela Moyer.

The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the Mount Baker Highway at Mosquito Lake Road.

The Washington State Patrol said an elderly man was driving eastbound and crossed the center line, side-swiped Pamela, then plowed head-on into her husband, who had followed behind his vehicle.

Phillip Moyer, 25, and four-month-old Penelope Moyer died in the crash.

“Two loved people were taken away too soon,” said Quintanilla.

On Sunday, the couple was traveling from their home in Whatcom County to Vashon Island, where they had planned to attend a baby shower for Phillip’s sister. They never made it.

Phillip grew up on Vashon and graduated from Vashon High School. Family and faith were front and center in his life.

“He was a man of few words, but he talked with his spirit, he talked with his kindness,” said Quintanilla. “I want to be like Phil.”

Phillip's father, Scott Moyer, said his son thoroughly enjoyed sports. He loved the Seahawks and Mariners and would have loved for the Sonics to return to Seattle.

Phillip and Pamela met in 2012 at a church youth group while attending Western Washington University. They married in 2014 and four months ago had precious Penelope.

“I know for a lot of us, it wasn’t enough time with her,” said Quintanilla. "But, that very short time was precious.”

Penelope was the first grandchild on both sides of the family. Quintanilla said his son-in-law loved to care for his daughter and wife.

“He was always there – he was solid – he worked 50 -60 hours a week. Whatever he need to do to provide for his family,” said Scott Moyer.

Phillip is remembered as loving and dedicated husband and father. Penelope for her joy and innocence. Moments that Pamela will hold close and treasure forever.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

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