Crash that killed ex-Arsenal star Reyes caused by exploding tyre at 116mph

The car crash which killed former Arsenal and Sevilla striker Jose Antonio Reyes was caused by a tyre exploding at 116mph, a report has concluded.

Reyes, 35, was at the wheel of his Mercedes S 550 when it was involved in a high-speed collision on June 1 last year.

The ex-Spain international was killed in the smash, along with one of his passengers, cousin Jonathan Reyes, 23.

His other cousin, Juan Manuel Calderon, was also travelling in the vehicle, and suffered severe burns but survived.

Spanish radio network Cadena SER reported on conclusions from the Civil Guard, which found Reyes was driving at speeds up to "at least 187 kph (116 mph) when his back-left wheel of his Mercedes S 550 exploded."

The report goes on to claim that the same wheel had been "repaired by his cousin a few days before at a garage in Merida", Spain.

The crash occurred on the A-376 motorway near the town of Alcala de Guadaira.

Calderon had attempted to save both Jose and Jonathan Reyes from the wreckage while the car was on fire.

News of Reyes' tragic death shocked football on the same day the Champions League final was being played in Madrid, where the star had represented both of the city's teams Real and Atletico.

His family have since spoken out on the anguish they have endured following his passing.

Speaking to Viva la Vida on Telecinco after Reyes' funeral, his father Francisco said: "When we are alone all we do is cry. We do not even speak because if we say something to each other, it is about something that makes us cry.

"His mother does not even go to the doorstep. We knew it would be hard, but not this hard. My wife goes from bed to the sofa and from the sofa to bed. We would like to know where to get our strength from.

"We cannot say things to each other because if we say or do or see something we think about how he used to say and do things."

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