Viola Beach driver didn’t intend to kill himself or the band, clarifies crash investigator

Earlier reports quoting investigator Lars Berglund had suggested the crash might have been intended

Swedish crash investigators have clarified comments made earlier today (March 10), that had seemed to suggest they believed the crash that killed Warrington band Viola Beach was deliberate.

The Warrington band were on a tour when their car plummeted from a bridge 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. Police have yet to reveal who was driving at the time.

Local media sources earlier today had seemed to suggest the driver had intended the crash, with reports in Swedish publicationAftonbladet quoting investigator Lars Berglund as saying: “We can’t find any secondary explanation. It looked like the driver acted deliberately.”


Berglund has since clarified these comments in an interview with The Mirror who quote him as saying:

“I have not suggested that [the driver] was doing this in order to kill himself or the band. I said he was making a move from the right lane to the left lane and that was not accidental.

“We can see the brake lights. His intention was to stop the car. But maybe his speed was too high and it was too late.”


Berglund had earlier been reported as saying: “The driver overtook parked vehicles, using an off-limits part of the bridge. It’s not natural to carry on driving if there’s a stop sign, parked cars and blinking red lights.”

Aftonbladet also claims to have seen CCTV footage of the incident, which they have since reconstructed. Police had already stated that they do not believe drink or drugs to be involved in the accident.

The band’s song ‘Swings and Waterslides’ entered the UK charts at Number 11 last month, after a campaign from fans to get the track to Number One in tribute to the late musicians.


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.