Mar­lins pitcher had co­caine, al­co­hol in sys­tem

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Jen­nifer Kay

Mi­ami Mar­lins pitcher Jose Fer­nan­dez had co­caine and al­co­hol in his sys­tem when his boat crashed into a Mi­ami Beach jetty, ac­cord­ing to tox­i­col­ogy re­ports re­leased Satur­day.

It’s not clear whether Fer­nan­dez was driv­ing when the boat crashed Sept. 25, killing the 24-year-old base­ball star and two of his friends. But Fer­nan­dez had a blood-al­co­hol con­tent level of 0.147, well above Florida’s le­gal limit of 0.08, ac­cord­ing to au­topsy re­ports re­leased by the Mi­ami-Dade County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice.

As­so­ciate Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner Ken­neth Hutchins listed the cause of death as “boat crash” for Fer­nan­dez, 27-year-old Emilio Je­sus Ma­cias and 25-year-old Ed­uardo Rivero.

Each man had suf­fered blunt force in­juries to his head and body, Hutchins wrote.

Tox­i­col­ogy re­ports showed both Ma­cias and Rivero also had al­co­hol lev­els be­low the state’s le­gal limit, while Rivero also had co­caine in his sys­tem.

The bod­ies had a strong odor of al­co­hol on them when they were re­cov­ered by divers, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors also found ev­i­dence the boat was speed­ing when it slammed into the jetty, ac­cord­ing to a search war­rant af­fi­davit re­leased this week by the Mi­ami-Dade County State At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

The af­fi­davit said of­fi­cials also had re­cov­ered a re­ceipt for al­co­hol from Amer­i­can So­cial Bar & Kitchen, where the trio had been be­fore the crash.

Mi­ami-Dade County Mayor Car­los Gimenez di­rected the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice to re­lease the au­topsy re­ports Satur­day, a day after The Mi­ami Herald sued the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice seek­ing their re­lease.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Com­mis­sion, the state agency in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash, pre­vi­ously re­fused to re­lease the re­ports. Gimenez said state of­fi­cials also re­fused to join the county as a co-de­fen­dant in the Herald’s pub­lic records law­suit.

U.S. Coast Guard of­fi­cials have said they’ll ex­am­ine light­ing at the South Beach jetty where the boat crashed.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Tox­i­col­ogy re­ports show Mar­lins pitcher Jose Fer­nan­dez had co­caine and al­co­hol in his sys­tem when his boat crashed into a Mi­ami Beach jetty in Septem­ber, killing him and two oth­ers.

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