Baseball star Jose Fernandez was over the legal alcohol limit and had cocaine in his system when he died in a fatal boat accident off Miami Beach.

1 November

Baseball star Jose Fernandez was one of three people who lost their lives in the fatal accident off Miami Beach on 25 September, 2016.

According to a toxicology report released by the Miami authorities, Fernandez had both alcohol and cocaine in his system when he died.

The 24-year-old was with two friends, Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, at the time of the accident.

It is still not clear who was driving the boat, which belonged to Fernandez.

The three men had left a local restaurant before taking the boat out onto the water. It ran into a jetty off Miami Beach.

The autopsy report reveals Fernandez had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147. This is above the 0.08 legal limit in the state of Florida.

Cocaine was also found in his system.

 

26 September

Jose Fernandez, the 24-year-old pitcher for the Miami Marlins, has died.

The baseball star was on the 32 ft vessel with friends when the boat crashed against large rocks and three people lost their lives on Sunday, 25 September, the US Coast Guard has confirmed.

Todd Garofalo, Chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told local news station WSVN: “They found a boat that was up against the jetties. They did do an initial search and they found three victims – two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed that the boat had a “severe impact” with rocks that form part of the jetty just off Miami Beach, Florida.

Fernandez was not wearing a lifejacket at the time.

The other two victims are yet to be named.

The Miami Marlins were said to be devastated at the news and cancelled their home game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

A few days before the accident Cuban-born Jose Fernandez had hinted on Instagram that his girlfriend Carla Mendoza was pregnant, writing: “I’m so glad you came into my life. I’m ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst.”.