Cocaine, Alcohol Factors in Jose Fernandez’s Fatal Boating Accident

An autopsy report has revealed that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was under the influence of cocaine and alcohol the night of his fatal boating accident. The report released Saturday showed that Fernandez had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .147 at the time of the crash.

The boating accident on September 25th took the lives of the 24-year-old pitcher and two others, 27-year-old Jesus Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero. Rivero was also found with cocaine in his system. Rivero’s BAC was .065 and Macias’ was .044. The legal limit in Florida is .08.

Authorities are unsure which of the men was piloting the boat when it crashed. The 32-foot SeaVee was traveling at high speeds when it crashed into a jetty off South Beach. The initial investigation revealed that all three of the victims died from blunt-force injuries.

Fernandez and his friends were at a bar shortly before the fatal boating accident. Investigators found a receipt for the alcohol purchased in one of the victim’s pockets.

“Drugs and alcohol are never a good mix for anyone operating a vehicle. We’re saddened to hear that this tragedy was caused by the poor choice to be under the influence,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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