Indian man Parminder Singh Jabbal, who died in a road accident in Bay of Plenty, was expecting his first child in two months' time, according to his close friend Navneet Singh.
Speaking to The Indian Weekender, Mr Singh said, "He was a really happy soul and was looking forward to the arrival of his first child which was due in two months' time."
Mr Jabbal was in a relationship with local woman Sarah and was living with her and her family in Tauranga. Sarah could not be contacted at the time of publishing this story.
Navneet Singh, his close friend with whom Mr Jabbal had lived for two years soon after coming from Punjab, is liaising with the funeral home, police and his family back in India.
Mr Singh told The Indian Weekender that Mr Jabbal's parents have yet to decide whether they would prefer their son to be repatriated back to India or they would travel to New Zealand to perform his last rites.
Meanwhile, the office of the Indian High Commission, Wellington is supporting friends and family of Mr Jabbal.
Speaking to The Indian Weekender High Commissioner of India, Sanjiv Kohli said, “It is always heart-wrenching to see a young life snatched away from us. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. The High Commission of India is rendering all possible assistance. We are also in contact with his family in India.”
Mr Jabbal was working as a healthcare professional providing home care to clients. He came from India three years ago on a student visa and received his work visa just four months ago as a healthcare professional.
The accident happened between his car and a truck about4 a.m. on Pyes Pa Road near Taumata, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was taken to the Tauranga hospital with minor injuries.
Police cordoned off the road after the incident on Wednesday morning and asked motorists to take an alternate route. The road was opened later in the afternoon.
The death has been referred to the coroner.
More to come.