Jose Fernandez, 24, was a two-time All-Star who went 38-17 in his four seasons with the Marlins, winning the NL's Rookie of the Year award in 2013. The native of Santa Clara, Cuba became a U.S. citizen last year and was enormously popular in Miami.
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was operating the boat in the September crash that killed him and two others, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed Thursday.
According to the FWC’s 46-page report, Fernandez was behind the operating controls during the crash.
Eduardo Rivero, 25, was the first occupant, the report states, stationed behind Fernandez, while 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias was the second occupant sitting in front of Fernandez
The report adds that the boat crashed on the north side of the Government Cut, landing upside down.
Fernandez’s boat was traveling southwest from the Atlantic Ocean before colliding with the jetty at a high-rate of speed. All of the occupants’ causes of death were blunt force trauma and drowning.
The toxicology report stated drugs and alcohol were a factor in the fatal crash, with cocaine found in Fernandez’s system at the time of the accident.