British tourist mysteriously dies after stealing car in Tenerife

TENERIFE police are probing the bizarre death of a 30-year-old British holidaymaker who was found barefoot and half-naked after allegedly hijacking a car.

Identified as Kevin Daffurn, he reportedly arrived to the popular resort of Los Cristianos on Thursday night and is thought to have been under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

But it remains unclear how he died, with local media reporting that he was wearing only a pair of shorts plus a wristband from the all-inclusive hotel where he was staying.

The dramatic incident unfolded around 2pm yesterday (Friday), when the deceased jumped into a car parked near the San Eugenio Shopping Center while the engine was still running and with the wife of the driver in the passenger seat.

He drove dangerously towards the TF-1 motorway with both doors open before the woman threw herself out of the vehicle, later being picked up with cuts and bruises by a Guardia Civil officer.

Heavy traffic resulted in the deceased crashing the car near an access ramp before he stumbled along the hard shoulder as a tailback formed, first trying to steal a motorbike which sped away before getting into a second car driven by a woman.

She immediately put the handbrake on and fled, with witnesses describing how he was then seen running down the road before leaping the central barrier and disappearing down a grassy slope.

Mr Daffurn, from Lanarkshire, Scotland, was on holiday with two friends who reportedly told detectives that he is known to become violent after consuming alcohol or drugs.

A post mortem examination will reveal the cause of death after his body was found by two tourists on rocky ground near the main Los Cristianos access roundabout.

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