March 16, 2017

Jose Fernandez was Operating Boat in Fatal Crash

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Jose Fernandez was driving speeding boat while drinking during fatal crash.

The Florida Wildlife Commission’s six-month investigation is over and found that former Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was operating the speeding boat that crashed and killed himself and two others in the early morning of Sept. 25, 2016.

According to public records obtained by ESPN on Thursday, the FWC’s final report confirmed alcohol and drugs were involved. It also concluded that Fernandez violated multiple boating laws, including Boating Under the Influence Manslaughter, Vessel Homicide and Reckless or Careless Operation of a Vessel.

Fernandez’s blood alcohol level was .147 percent and there was a presence of cocaine in his system, according to the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s toxicology report.

The speed of the 32-foot vessel during the impact of the crash on the north side of a jetty was 65.7 miles per hour. Fernandez, Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias died at the scene due to blunt force impact and drowning.

These are details that may be significant as a legal battle is brewing between the families of Rivero and Macias and Fernandez’s estate. Earlier this month Fernandez’s mother and girlfriend were given control of the former pitcher’s estate.

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