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Marlins’ Jose Fernandez Had Cocaine, Alcohol in System During Boat Crash

Boat crash caused by “recklessness exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol by the operator, whoever that was”

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Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine in his system and a blood alcohol content level double the legal limit at the time of his death.

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Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine in his system and a blood alcohol content level nearly double the legal limit at the time of his September 25th death in a boating accident.

The Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s office released Fernandez’s autopsy results Saturday, with a toxicology report revealing that the all-star pitcher’s BAC level was .147, the Miami Herald reports. Florida’s legal limit, and the limit to legally operate a boat, is .08.

The BAC level for Jesus Macias and Eduardo Rivero, the other two men in the boat at the time of the accident, measured .044 and .065, respectively. Investigators are still trying to determine who was driving the boat at the time of the fatal crash that killed all three people aboard, USA Today writes.

Fernandez, Macias and Rivero all sustained blunt-force injuries from the accident, which a search warrant affidavit blamed on “recklessness” that “was exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol by the operator, whoever that was.” Fernandez suffered additional skull and jaw fractures.

Associate Medical Examiner Kenneth Hutchins officially listed the cause of death as “boat crash” after the Fernandez-owned boat slammed into a South Beach jetty at a high speed.

The Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which was investigating the crash because it happened in a Miami waterway, initially refused to release the autopsy reports because they were part of an active criminal investigation. When the Miami Herald threatened a lawsuit in order to have the autopsies released, the FWC obliged. As no one survived the crash, no criminal charges are pending in the investigation.

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