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José Fernández and His Friends Allegedly Had Strong Odor of Alcohol On Them After Deadly Boat Crash

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José Fernández, the Miami Marlins pitcher who died in a boat crash in Florida last month, and his friends had a strong odor of alcohol on them when their bodies were examined by a medical examiner, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald.

The warrant was released by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office on Wednesday and alleges that investigators discovered evidence that the driver of the boat was managing it at a high rate of speed and with a “recklessness” that was “exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol.”

The toxicology exams for all of the victims involved are complete but have not been released by state investigators, according to the Miami Herald. The autopsies by the Miami-Dade medical examiner have also not been released.

The newspaper also reported that the affidavit lists the crimes under investigation are boating homicide while intoxicated and vessel homicide, and while no charges have been filed yet, it’s not clear what charges could be brought in the case.

 

 

The 24-year-old was killed in a boating accident on Sept. 25 along with two of his close friends when their boat crashed into a jetty and was discovered early Sunday morning.

The pitcher was expecting his first child, a daughter, with girlfriend Maria Arias. The incident remains under investigation by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.