MIAMI — Major League Baseball lost one of its up and coming stars, Jose Fernandez, when he drove his boat into the rocks along the shore on Miami Beach last month. Toxicology reports released Saturday show Fernandez used drugs and alcohol just before the accident that happened in the early morning hours.
Fernandez and two friends, Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, died in the accident.
Fernandez’s blood alcohol was at 0.147, nearly twice the legal limit, and he had cocaine and other substances in his system at the time of his death.
Both Macias and Rivero were found to be under the legal limit for alcohol. Though, Rivero’s blood showed he had used cocaine and other substances, as well. Macias was determined to not have any cocaine in his system.
It is believed that the 24-year-old Fernandez was operating the boat at the time of the deadly crash.
In a statement issued by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, the disclosure of the autopsy and toxicology reports for Fernandez, Macias and Rivero came after numerous requests and a battle for public release.
“The Medical Examiner was prepared to release the information,” Gimenez said in a statement to the media. “However, Florida Fish & Wildlife, a state agency, submitted an affidavit to Miami-Dade County saying that it was conducting a criminal investigation and therefore the autopsy and toxicology report should not be released until its investigation had concluded. When a local news organization which had submitted a public records request for the information was informed that it would not be released due to the Fish & Wildlife investigation, the news organization filed a lawsuit against the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner. Since the information was being held at the Fish & Wildlife’s request, the County asked the agency to join in the public records lawsuit as a co-defendant. Fish & Wildlife refused to be a party to the lawsuit.”
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