Brit dies in crash driving on wrong side of road with girlfriend’s body in car
A British man who died in a car crash in Spain was driving with his girlfriend's body in the back of the campervan before he allegedly killed himself by deliberately crashing head-on into a lorry, reports have claimed.
Caspar Veres, 28, was driving on the wrong side of the road for nearly two miles before the collision, which saw firefighters cut his body out of the wreck.
The Leeds University student had died in the horror crash on a Spanish motorway but his French-born girlfriend, Delphine Cochet, is believed to have died several hours earlier after suffering a skull fracture.
Delphine, 41, had been left in their camper van.
Reports claim Veres had been struggling with his mental health during lockdown.
Caspar, a former pupil at the prestigious St Albans School in Hertfordshire, filmed himself singing and strumming on his guitar earlier on in the year to a self-penned song called The Quarantine Song.
In March, at the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, he posted a "Coping Calendar" recommending 30 actions to "Keep calm, stay wise and be kind," with one saying "Take five minutes to sit still and breathe".
It also emerged on Wednesday that the music teacher drifter, described as "free-spirited" by an anguished relative, was awaiting trial for assaulting two police officers around seven weeks before the crash, which took place on September 25.
Caspar, originally from Edgware, north London, reportedly went berserk at a Civil Guard station in the fishing village of Barbate near Cadiz on August 6.
The officers allegedly spent several weeks off work as a result of their injuries.
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Delphine told police at the time that Caspar, who turned up at the station claiming someone was trying to kill him, had not been taking medication for mental health problems thought to be schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
He was released on bail following a court appearance and was awaiting a trial.
Officers have confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in the relation to Delphine's death.
She had been on holiday in the Cadiz area in the run-up to the accident with Caspar.
A well-placed source said: "Witnesses said the British man went for the lorry deliberately after it tried to dodge the camper van he was driving on the wrong side of the motorway.
"The position of the French woman’s body in the vehicle and the smell it was giving off gave rise to initial suspicions about how she had died.
"A subsequent post-mortem revealed she had suffered a skull fracture caused before the accident and been killed several hours earlier.
The 43-year-old lorry driver injured in the crash on the A381 motorway, near Los Barrios, is in a serious condition but expected to pull through.
Caspar went for the HGV after the lorry driver deliberately tried to dodge the camper van, witnesses say.
A source has claimed Delphine was reportedly killed several hours earlier.
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