Community praised after 'nightmare' crash death

The Dunedin father of a man killed in a crash in the Maniototo over the weekend has thanked the local community for their support.

Christchurch man Guy Devereux (52) died following a crash on Danseys Pass Rd, Kyeburn Diggings near the Danseys Pass Coach Inn early Sunday morning.

His partner was in the car and received minor injuries.

Mr Devereux's father Tony Devereux, of Dunedin, described it as a "nightmare."

He and his family had holidayed in the area for nearly 50 years and the deceased was returning to their bach when the accident occurred.

"They went and had a swim and were going to stay til the next day. We had left to return home to Dunedin.

"It's just been a nightmare.''

He confirmed the Naseby Volunteer Fire Brigade were first on the scene and said their actions had been "absolutely wonderful''.

"[They] ... stayed with [Guy] before the serious crash unit arrived.''

"It's a big job for them. Climbing out of bed in the middle of the night. And having to be involved in something that is not everyone's cup of tea.

"They're a great community who rallied around us.''

Guy Devereux is survived by his partner Bex, three daughters and six grandchildren.

He will be farewelled at a service in Christchurch on Saturday. His family have asked for donations to the Naseby Volunteer Fire Brigade, in lieu of flowers.

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