SHORELINE — Shoreline Community College student, Cheuk-Yu Lam, 19, died in a single-car roll-over accident about 10 p.m., Friday, June 13, 2008 along Interstate 5 near Willows, Calif. He was found ejected from his red 1990 Ford Festiva by a California Highway Patrol officer, according to a report by the Butte County Sheriff-Coroner. No cause of the accident was identified in the report.
Lam, a native of Hong Kong, had been a student at SCC since 2007 and served as a senator in student government this past school year. Recently, he ran for Minister of Communication for the 2008-09 school year. “I am a talkative person on campus … but also a listener for helping other get what they want,” Lam wrote in his campaign statement.
Lee Lambert, president of Shoreline Community College, and Thalia Saplad, Executive Director of International Programs, were saddened by the loss and said Lam was well-known and highly respected across campus.
“He was a bright, creative student who was looking forward to pursuing his education in film studies after graduating from Shoreline,” Saplad said Tuesday.
All international students at SCC were informed of the accident Monday, June 16. Grief counseling resources for all students and staff were made available by the college.
Lam enrolled at Shoreline Community College in the winter of 2007 to complete high school requirements and to earn a transfer degree. Lam planned to continue his studies in film directing at a four-year institution, and was in California to visit family and visit UCLA.
“Cheuk was an amazing young man and I was privileged to have worked with him throughout his work here at SCC,” film Prof. Jane Winslow said Tuesday. “We were very lucking to have him here and he will be greatly missed.”
According to friends, Lam had been contacting family members by phone every two hours during his trip. When he failed to make the next scheduled call, the family members became concerned and contacted authorities. A short time later, police found the accident scene.