The death of José Antonio Reyes shocked the world of European football. On June 1, 2019, The Pearl He was returning from training in Extremadura - a Second Division team he was playing in - when his car, a Mercedes Brabus S550, lost control, crashed and then caught fire, causing his death and that of another of the three occupants of the vehicle.
The accident occurred around 11:40 in the morning of that Saturday. While the footballers were on the A-376 highway -a highway that connects the province of Seville with the municipality of Utrera on a journey of about 200 kilometers- the vehicle suffered a broken rear left tire, causing it to hit the road without colliding with any other car. After colliding with some building blocks, the structure traveled about 200 meters without control, circling through the air.
This week, when there are some days left for the anniversary of the fateful event, the father of the late footballer told the program in dialogue Let's go, from Spanish television, the difficult moment he and his wife are going through: “You can't even imagine it. My only way out is to go to the cemetery at 9 in the morning and come back here (his house). We didn't get out of here at all. My wife has already lost 40 kilos and has not even stepped on t he street step
Their few exits are not only due to the quarantine due to the coronavirus that has the world in suspense, but also because they have not yet managed to overcome the anguish that haunts them every time something reminds them of their son: days, they remind you on the one hand or the other ”.
"I have not seen any soccer game or anything. Only the one of the tribute of Extremadura (his last team). And we couldn't even see the derby. They are the days you remember the most and those are the worst you can spend. His Sevilla was everything to him, "he insisted.
April 1, at the end of 10 months of the tragic accident in which Reyes and a relative died, the Chain Ser, the popular radio show in Spain, provided new details of what happened, after having access to a part of the final report made by the Civil Guard after analyzing the incident.
According to the experts, the car that La Perla was driving was at least 187 kilometers per hour at the moment the wheel exploded, which was the cause of the ex-Sevilla player's bad maneuver. In addition, the report indicated that said tire had been changed a short time before in a workshop in the town of Mérida.
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