Four Pacific Union College
Students Die in Tragic Accident
our Pacific Union College (PUC) students died in a vehicle accident on Deer Park Road late Saturday night. The Napa County Sheriff’s Department identified the victims as Boaz Pak, 20, of Hidden Valley Lake, California; Luke Nishikawa, 22, of Honolulu, Hawaii; Simon Son, 19, of Hidden Valley Lake, California; and Chong Shin, 20, of Aloha, Oregon.
The accident took place at about 11:45 p.m. on November 15. According to police reports, the four victims were in a Honda Civic driving down the hill on Deer Park Road when it collided with an oncoming vehicle at Sanitarium Road junction. The men were pronounced dead at the scene.
Friends say that the students had just finished playing basketball at the college gym and were on their way to Safeway in St. Helena to grab something to eat when the accident occurred.
All the young men were well known and liked on campus. Shin, a business major, was involved in youth ministry at the Rohnert Park Korean Seventh-day Adventist Church. Son, a nursing major, was involved in a campus outreach program called Homeless Ministries. Just that morning, students say that Son had gone to the bay area with a group of students to feed the homeless.
“The PUC community mourns the loss of four wonderful young men who were already giving service back to the community,” said Richard Osborn, college president. “Our entire campus is grieving along with their families. But as a faith based college, we have hope that springs from our beliefs as we celebrate all these young men accomplished in their brief lives.”
Grief counselors, residence hall deans, and the campus chaplain began working with students during the night as news of an accident involving fellow students spread around campus. On Sunday, the college offered support groups and one-on-one counseling for the campus community.
At 5 p.m. on Sunday, the campus and community gathered in the PUC Church for prayer. Counselors and pastors will continue to be available for counseling following this meeting. On Thursday, the college will hold a memorial service for the young men during their weekly colloquy at 10 a.m. in the college church.