Victim's family praises crash responders

The father of a Christchurch man killed in a crash near Ranfurly at the weekend has praised the local community for their support.

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

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 his son was returning to their crib when the accident occurred.

''We've been coming here since 1972 as holidaymakers. They went and had a swim and were going to stay till the next day. We had left to return home to Dunedin. It's just been a nightmare.''

The accident occurred 100m from the inn on the Naseby side, a police spokeswoman said.

The Danseys Pass Cottage Inn declined to comment when contacted.

Mr Devereux confirmed the Naseby Volunteer Fire Brigade was first on the scene and described their actions as ''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.''

Maniototo councillor Stuart Duncan said events of this nature were tough.

''They're all volunteers. It affects the wee community when things like this happen.''

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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