William Lugya Kibalama, a Ugandan PhD Finalist student of Creighton University, has died in a road accident in California, United States at the age of 29.
The university said Kibalama, who died in a crash “on an on-ramp to northbound Interstate Highway 680 in Walnut Creek on Wednesday morning (about 09:10 PM in Uganda), was scheduled for graduation on 12 April, 2018.
William was identified by the Contra Costa County coroner’s Officer.
The deceased, who was an award-winning leader at the school, resided in the Winnetka neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The crash was reported at 10:09 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Kibalama was driving a vehicle when, for reasons yet to be determined, he reportedly veered right and struck a guardrail, CHP officials said.
He was pronounced dead while a 28-year-old Pittsburg man in a passenger seat suffered minor injuries.
He was taken to a hospital but is expected to survive, according to the CHP.
The crash prompted lane closures until shortly after 11 a.m.
Twenty minutes after, two other vehicles crashed at the same place.
Officials say investigation concerning Kibalama’s cause of crash started immediately with hints upon the fault with the road, or mechanical failure.
The deceased grew up in Uganda and moved to the United States after he graduated from high school.
He was a third-year pharmacy student and president of Creighton’s Multicultural Health Sciences and Student Association (MHSSA).
Through MHSSA, Kibalama worked with diverse populations and underserved segments of the Omaha community.
He mentored and tutored students at Benson High School provided immunizations at a refugee health fair and organized a prom for senior citizens.
As president of MHSSA, Kibalama led more than 50 Creighton graduate students in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
Additionally, Kibalama chaired the HIV/AIDS Committee and was a member of Rho Chi, the pharmacy academic society.
Through his various roles Kibalama put Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals of social justice, peace and racial and cultural harmony into practice.
While in Uganda, Kibalama went to Kampala Kindergarten, Kampala Parents and Vienne College.
The parents are hopeful his body will be brought back and buried in Uganda.
The family this week had a prayer and thanks giving to God for Kibalama’s exceptional gift of life and achievements until his demise.
The father Mzee David L. K. Kibalama in Uganda, and mother Roberita Muzigo in USA, siblings, relatives, and friends were all in great shock.