Fatal crash linked to murder inquiry
THE driver of a Toyota Yaris that smashed into the front of an articulated lorry operated by a Shepton Mallet company has been linked by Dorset Police to the death of a man in Boscombe in the county.
Detectives are looking into the possibility the crash, which destroyed his silver Toyota Yaris, was a deliberate, suicidal act.
The bizarre series of incidents are now being pieced together by police in Dorset and Wiltshire, following the fatal crash near Trowbridge last Friday morning.
Before dawn the car smashed head on into a lorry, operated by Framptons, on the A350 between Trowbridge and West Ashton, which emergency services said virtually destroyed the car.
The driver was killed instantly and police began to try to identify him. Those attempts led police to an address in Boscombe, Dorset, where local officers who went with the intention of breaking the news of the fatality came across a murder scene on Friday lunchtime.
The dead man in Boscombe named on Wednesday as Ibrahim Youseuf, a 42-year-old from Bournemouth, who is thought to be the owner of the Five Star Car Wash on Gloucester Road.
An inquest was due to be opened and adjourned yesterday morning by Dorset's coroner, and it is understood the inquest and investigation into the man's death in Wiltshire is also being transferred to Dorset authorities.
One line of inquiry being looked into by police is that the man killed in the car crash near Trowbridge on Friday morning was involved in the death of Mr Youseuf on Thursday evening in Dorset.
As well as the possibility that the crash was a suicidal act, police are also looking into whether the unnamed man fell asleep at the wheel, or if the collision was a coincidental accident. At the time of the crash, the driver was travelling south – back towards Dorset.
The driver of the lorry, a 65-year-old man from Somerset, was shocked but unhurt in the crash, and police sources said there was no suggestion he was involved in the series of events.