Jose Fernandez Had Cocaine, High Alcohol In System In Fatal Boat Crash

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Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system when he died in a boat crash off South Beach last month, according to a toxicology report released Saturday. Fernandez and friends partied at a local bar less than two hours before the fatal crash.

The Miami Herald has reported that Fernandez's blood-alcohol content was 0.147 which is well over the legal 0.8 legal limit.

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.

The autopsy reports for those involved in the crash, including Fernandez, have now been released.

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"Because our role in this matter is complete and Fish & Wildlife has the responsibility to prove an active criminal investigation, I have directed the Medical Examiner to fulfill public records requests for the autopsy and toxicology report today", Gimenez said.

Macias had a blood alcohol level of.04 and Rivero had a level of.06, according to their autopsies, meaning neither would be considered legally drunk.

The bodies had a strong odour 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. By mid-afternoon, the blocks outside the 102-year-old ballpark were a sea of blue.