Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when he and two friends were killed in a September boating accident, according to an autopsy report obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. Jose Fernandez, friends had 'strong odor of alcohol' when bodies were found.
Autopsy shows cocaine in Jose Fernandez's system
Fernandez’s blood alcohol content was .147, nearly twice the legal limit, according to the toxicology results included in the report by the Miami-Dade County.
The medical examiner extracted blood from a vein (.147) and fluid taken from Fernandez's eye (.016) to determine Fernandez’s blood alcohol level. A person operating a boat in Florida is considered to be under the influence at .08 or higher.
Fernandez, 24, and his two friends, Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, were killed in the morning hours of Sept. 25 after the boat they were in hit a jetty off South Beach at high speeds. An investigation was launched to determine the events surrounding the accident, including which one of the three was piloting the boat.
Cocaine was also found in the system of Rivero, who had a blood alcohol content of .065. Macias' BAC was .044. All three were found to have sustained blunt-force injuries to the head.
Officials had said that the three died from blunt-force injuries, not drowning. Fernandez suffered extensive facial lacerations and broken bones in his face that led to swelling of the brain (cerebral edema) and bleeding in the area between the skull and scalp (subgaleal hemorrhage). The impact also caused chest trauma that led to excess fluid in the lungs (pulmonary edema).
The three were at a bar where alcohol was served shortly before the accident took place, and a receipt for alcohol purchased at the bar was found in one of their pockets, according to an affidavit obtained by USA TODAY this week.
"This recklessness was exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol by the operator, whoever that was," Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida judge Martin Zilber wrote in the affidavit.
A.J. Perez | USA TODAY Sports

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