A toxicology report has revealed that Miami Marlins star Pitcher, Jose Fernandez, was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system when he at two friends were killed in a boating wreck in South Beach last month. The news released by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s office just added further devastation to the young star’s death.
A toxicology performed on Fernandez’s companions on the boat revealed both had been drinking but neither was legally drunk. However, one of them, Eduardo Rivero, also had cocaine in his blood, the reports show. Fernandez had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, well above the legal limit of .08. Macias and Rivero had levels of alcohol below the legal limit in Florida.
Investigators are unable to determine who was piloting the boat at the time of the accident.
Fernandez, 24, suffered blunt-force injuries to the head and torso, along with skull and jaw fractures when the boat he was in hit a jetty near Miami Beach.
Fernandez become a fan favorite and an opponent that his peers looked forward to facing. His tragic death was a huge lost to baseball and the many people who looked up to the young star. His story of survival in his pursuit of the ‘American Dream’ inspired numerous people around the world. He was known for his characters, infectious laugh and he was beloved by Miami’s Cuban-American community — like so many others, he fled the Communist island by sea, even diving into the ocean to save his mother when she fell overboard.
Such an unfortunate loss of a young man with that was filled with potential and had a promising career ahead of him.