Very sobering news from the South Island. Like many here on TA I offered itinerary advice to this young man before they embarked on their trip as well as a couple of PM regarding walks where they were travelling. I even tried to convince him, as I do with everyone, that a campervan wasn't cost effective and that road travel in the early AM and after dark wasn't a good idea but being from Canada he was well used to driving in snow and ice.
Wrong place and wrong time! My prayers are with their families.
On our recent visit to Mt Cook I saw the commemorative plaque to the young son of a work colleague who was killed on Mt Cook on the descent having reached the summit.
Please be careful out there.