Jose Fernandez had cocaine, alcohol in system during fatal boat crash
MIAMI — Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine in his system when he and two friends were killed in a boat crash last month off Miami Beach, the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s office said Saturday.
Associate Medical Examiner Kenneth Hutchins listed “boat crash” as the cause of death but also said Fernandez was legally drunk with a blood alcohol concentration of .147.
Fernandez, 24, a former Greensboro Grasshopper, suffered blunt-force injuries to the head and torso, along with skull and jaw fractures when the boat he was in hit a jetty near Miami Beach in the early morning hours of September 25.
Authorities have not determined who was piloting the boat.