Viola Beach crash driver may have ‘acted deliberately’, say Swedish police

Four members and manager died in Swedish car crash during February

Swedish police have said that the car crash that killed all four members of indie band Viola Beach and their manager may have been deliberate, according to local media reports.

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.

The Swedish police investigating the incident previously confirmed that the driver had no traces of alcohol or drugs in his system, but failed to confirm his precise identity.

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Now local newspaper Aftonbladet has quoted a leading Stockholm police officer as suggesting that the driver may have “acted deliberately”.

Lars Berglund, who is heading the investigation into the crash, said: “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.”

“We can’t find any secondary explanation,” he reportedly added. “It looked like the driver acted deliberately. From what I can see, a majority of the victims have died [when the car hit] the bridge.”

Aftonbladet also claims to have seen CCTV footage of the incident, which they have reconstructed. See that video below.

READ MORE: Remembering Viola Beach

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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 Stone Roses and Liam Gallagher were amongst those campaigning for the Viola Beach single to chart, 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.”

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