Jose Fernandez had cocaine, alcohol in system during fatal boat crash

The tragic death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez took another heartbreaking turn on Saturday with multiple reports that he had been drinking and using cocaine on the night of the boat crash that killed him and two of his friends.

The report shows Fernandez had a BAC level of.147 (the legal limit is.08) and also detected traces of cocaine and other cutting agents used to make the drug in his system.

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez works in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park in Miami on September 12, 2015. No official report on who was driving has been issued.

The reports show that all of the men suffered blunt force injuries to the head and torso areas.

The records were released after the FWC declined to be a party to the lawsuit.

Fernandez survived harrowing conditions at sea when he fled Cuba as a teenager to start a new life in the United States.

Gimenez said the medical examiner had been prepared to release the information, but withheld it at the request of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, which sought to delay the release of autopsy and toxicology reports until it had concluded a criminal investigation.

"If you tell me that he'd been drinking, I'd say, 'So?' He wasn't driving - and he was very careful about that", Ralph Fernandez said.

Fernandez and two friends, Emilio Jesus Macias and Eduardo Rivero, were found dead later that morning after their boat was discovered near South Pointe Beach on Government Cut.

Investigators said they found a receipt for alcohol in the pocket of one of the men. Fernandez quickly advanced through the minor leagues and made the Opening Day roster in 2013.

The agency is probing whether laws for boating under the influence and vessel homicide were broken. Ozuna was one of many people who attended the numerous memorial services in Fernandez's honor.



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