Funeral for Chch mum and baby

  • 21/04/2016

By Cleo Fraser

A Christchurch mother and her eight-month-old son killed in a horror crash in rural Canterbury are set to be farewelled.

Mon Chhetri, 37, and baby Aron died after the car they were travelling in collided with another vehicle at an intersection near Twizel on Tuesday night.

Her husband, Tula Roo, had been driving and police say early inquiries indicate he pulled out onto State Highway 8 into the path of an on-coming car.

Mr Chhetri and one of the couple's three daughters was seriously injured in the crash. Three occupants in the other vehicle were also hospitalised.

Akash Drukpa, family friend and chair of the Bhutanese Society of Christchurch, told NZ Newswire a funeral will be held for Ms Chhetri and her son tonight in Christchurch.

The family are refugees from Bhutan and had been living in a Nepalese refugee camp before arriving to New Zealand in 2008.

They were well-known in the Christchurch community for helping other refugees settle into their new home.

"The life in the camp it's really bad and coming to New Zealand it's such a great thing but something like this has happened, it's really hard for the family and for the community," Mr Drukpa said.