Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when he was killed with two friends in a boating accident last month, according to an autopsy and toxicology report released Saturday.
Fernandez, 24, had a blood alcohol level of .147 — almost twice the legal limit, the report said. The alcohol levels of friends Eduardo Rivera and Emilio Macias were both below the legal limit, the report added.
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The examiner found that Fernandez suffered blunt force trauma to the torso and head, including facial lacerations and broken bones, when his boat crashed into a jetty off Miami Beach. Rivera, 25, and Macias, 27, suffered similar injuries.
The reports did not shed light on who was actually driving the boat.
The medical examiner’s office received a number of public records requests about Fernandez, but his reports were held up because of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's decision to conduct a criminal investigation, said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
The celebrated pitcher and his friends were last seen at a bar before heading out on a 32-foot SeaVee named Kaught Looking. The boat crashed around 3:15 a.m. ET Sept. 25.
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Investigators said they found a receipt for alcohol in the pocket of one of the men.
In addition, a search warrant affidavit said an associate medical examiner who performed the autopsies immediately after the crash described "all three bodies, individually, had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from them."
The same affidavit added that the boat maintained a high rate of speed and that the men were driving with “recklessness” that was “exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol.”
Marcell Ozuna, a Marlins outfielder, said Fernandez had invited him to join them on the boat that night, but he declined.
Fernandez, a father-to-be, was Rookie of the Year in 2013. He was named an All-Star player twice, the second time this year.