Police on Tuesday, March 26, released the name of the man who died in the crash last week in Waikato. He was identified as 27-year-old Auckland based IT Technician Neeraj Sharma.

The 27-year-old  died in a horrific crash when his car collided with an oncoming truck in Waikato.

Mr Sharma worked as an IT Technician at a hotel on Auckland’s Waterfront that had a branch in Taupo too. Mr Kumar had often travelled to Taupo for work.

Mr Sharma was returning from Taupo on Wednesday, March 20 when his car crashed against a truck at around 11:35 a.m.

“Police received a report of a crash between a truck and a car at the intersection of State Highway 27 and Diagonal Road in the Matamata-Piako District,” Police media release confirmed.

Mr Sharma was taken to Waikato Hospital by helicopter in a critical condition.

As per Mr Sharma’s cousin, Ashwini Kumar who lives in New Plymouth, Mr Sharma came from a town Yamunanagar in the state of Haryana, North India. He had come to New Zealand seven years ago as a student and was on work visa working for the company in Auckland and sometimes in Taupo.

According to Mr Kumar, Mr Sharma failed to stop his car at a T-Point intersection where he was hit by an oncoming truck. The driver of the truck and other vehicles were able to get Mr Sharma out of his car and called 111 for emergency services.

Mr Sharma suffered a severe blow to his head and damaged his brain and veins. Taken in a critical condition to Waikato Hospital, Mr Sharma slipped into a coma and later on the evening of Friday, March 22 passed away at the hospital.

“Neeraj Sharma, 27, died in hospital on Friday 22 March and enquiries into the circumstances of the two-vehicle crash are ongoing,” Police confirmed.

Cousin Mr Kumar based in New Plymouth contacted the Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust in Auckland who assisted him in connecting with the Indian High Commission based in Wellington in getting the official procedure started for the body to be repatriated back to India.

“We received a call from the deceased Mr Sharma’s cousin, Ashwini Kumar who requested us to assist him getting the official procedures started for the body repatriation,” Jeet Suchdev, Chairperson of Bhartiya Samaj Charitable Trust told The Indian Weekender.

“The post mortem is done, and the body has been sent to a funeral home in South Auckland and the paperwork has also been completed. Mr Sharma’s body will be repatriated on Saturday, March 30 from Auckland,” Mr Suchdev added.