No trace of drink or drugs for Viola Beach crash driver, Swedish police announce

The crash that killed the Warrington group near Stockholm remains under investigation

Swedish police have confirmed that the driver of the car that fell 25 metres into a canal near Stockholm – killing all the members of Warrington band Viola Beach – had no traces of drink or drugs in his system.

Viola Beach were on a tour of Sweden when their car crashed from a bridge and into a canal 18 miles from Swedish capital Stockholm on February 13, killing all four members of the band (Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin) and their manager Craig Tarry.

“We can confirm that the very preliminary post-mortem results show that the driver of the car had no trace of alcohol or drugs in the blood,” a spokesperson announced, however the police remain unwilling to reveal which are the four band members and their manager – who all died in the accident – was in control of the vehicle.

The band’s song ‘Swings and Waterslides’ entered the UK charts at number 11 last week, after campaigns from fans to get the track to number one.

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The Stone Roses and Liam Gallagher were amongst those campaigning for the Viola Beach single to chart last week, tweeting in support of the campaign.

The group’s record label Communion have confirmed that the proceeds from sale of singles will go to the families of the band and their manager.

The Courteeners and The Cribs had previously led the tributes to Viola Beach. The Courteeners frontman Liam Fray recalled the period in 2015 when Viola Beach were supporting his band on tour. “Heartbreaking news about @Viola_Beach,” Fray wrote on Twitter. “Watched them soundcheck in December with us. They were destined for big things. Can’t believe it.”

The Cribs’ Ryan Jarman, meanwhile, posted a series of tweets, saying: “Heart goes out to the Viola Beach guys and their families… The sacrifice many bands around the world make for gig goers every day – giving up days for traveling… sadly roads and skies can be dangerous.”