Students came together Monday to remember Sandy Roberts, a USC student who died Saturday night after a car crash in Kern County, near Bakersfield, Calif.
The School of Cinematic Arts and USC Hillel both offered services in honor of Roberts, hoping to give his friends and fellow students a venue to reminisce and grieve.
Roberts, a sophomore majoring in cinema-television production, was riding in a car driven by Nicole Deane, also a sophomore majoring in cinema-television production, when the car lost control and veered into oncoming traffic. Both Deane and Roberts were transported to Kern Medical Center, where Roberts was pronounced dead.
In response to requests from Roberts’ friends, USC Hillel held a memorial service Monday night, inviting the entire USC community.
Roberts participated in FreshFest, an involvement program for Jewish freshmen, and was always a part of USC’s Jewish community, said Cameron Roth, student president of Hillel.
“We’re doing this for his friends,” Roth said. “We wanted to set up a place for them to feel comforted.”
As part of the memorial service, Hillel offered students a chance to read psalms or poetry and to share their stories and memories of Sandy.
Roth said the event was taped, so it could be shared with Roberts’ family.
The School of Cinematic Arts also reached out to students Sunday night, informing them of the accident and offering counseling services. And the school hosted a gathering for students in need of support from their classmates and counselors.
Deane, the car’s driver, remains in the hospital in stable condition.
USC officials encourage anyone affected by Saturday’s accident to contact a counselor at (213) 740-7711.