The Indian man killed in a car crash in Queenstown on Sunday, October 14 was supposed to travel to Auckland to meet his friends.

25-year-old Harpreet Singh was working at Mitre 10 Mega in Queenstown and had moved there only 6-7 months ago. He earlier worked at the same store in Botany branch in Auckland.

Mr Singh had come to New Zealand as a student seven years ago and was supposed to travel to Punjab, India to meet his family later in December this year.  

Police and emergency services attending the accident between car and the tourist bus on SH6 north of Devil's Staircase near Queenstown (Image: NZ Herald)

On Sunday, around 7:45 a.m. Mr Singh’s car collided with a tourist bus carrying 15 people including the driver on State Highway 6, near Devils Staircase, south of Queenstown. He was the sole occupant of the car and succumbed to his injuries.

The passengers and the bus driver were uninjured in the accident. Media in the afternoon on Sunday reported that the passengers of the bus were taken back to their accommodation in Queenstown as well as the staff and were provided with any support they may require.

“He was a smart, bright and a generous person. We have lost a gem,” Mr Singh’s paternal grandfather living in New Zealand Nirmal Bhatti told The Indian Weekender.

An old picture of Harpreet Singh (Image: Supplied)

Mr Singh’s father died three years ago. He is survived by his mother and a younger sister who is studying MBBS, both living in India.

Mr Singh’s body has been taken to Invercargill, and his funeral arrangements will be made in Auckland once coroner released his official documents and the body.

“I will take care of the funeral expenses here,” Mr Bhatti told The Indian Weekender.