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Cocaine and Alcohol in Pitcher José Fernandez's System, Autopsy Reveals

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty, according to toxicology reports released on Saturday.

    It’s not clear whether Fernandez was driving when the boat crashed on 25 September, killing the 24-year-old baseball star and two of his friends. But Fernandez had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, well above Florida’s legal limit of 0.08, according to autopsy reports released by the Miami-Dade County medical examiner’s office.

    Associate medical examiner Kenneth Hutchins listed the cause of death as “boat crash” for Fernandez, 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero.

    Each man had suffered blunt force injuries to his head and body, Hutchins wrote.

    Toxicology reports showed both Macias and Rivero also had alcohol levels below the state’s legal limit, while Rivero also had cocaine in his system.

    The bodies had a strong odor of alcohol on them when they were recovered by divers, and investigators also found evidence the boat was speeding when it slammed into the jetty, according to a search warrant affidavit released this week by the Miami-Dade County state attorney’s office.

    The affidavit said officials also had recovered a receipt for alcohol from American Social Bar & Kitchen, where the trio had been before the crash.

    Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez directed the medical examiner’s office to release the autopsy reports Saturday, a day after the Miami Herald sued the medical examiner’s office seeking their release.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the state agency investigating the crash, previously refused to release the reports. Gimenez said state officials also refused to join the county as a co-defendant in the Herald’s public records lawsuit.

    US Coast Guard officials have said they’ll examine lighting at the South Beach jetty where the boat crashed. Fernandez, the National League rookie of the year in 2013 and a two-time all-star, owned the 32ft SeaVee named Kaught Looking.

    Associated Press via the Guardian/Oct. 29, 2016
    Photo: Robert Mayer, usatoday
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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Illdan
    I saw this on ESPN this morning. What good does it do to put this information out there? The kid was a baby (barely in his 20's) and I don't think that him having a little bit of coke in his system should be what people remember him for.

    It's barely been a month since the accident, and I think it's very disrespectful to not only his legacy, but his loved ones as well to be putting this information out there so soon for all the world to see.

    He should be remembered for what he achieved during his short time here. He was on his way to becoming one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Just a sad story all around.
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