An autopsy report released by the Miami-Dade medical examiner says Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had "cocaine and high levels of alcohol" in his blood at the time of his death, according to Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times. The report was released to local newspapers.
Fernandez and two others, Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, were killed in the early morning hours on Sept. 25 when their boat hit a jetty off the coast of Florida. Here are some more details from Elfrink:
The medical examiner found .147 percent alcohol in [Fernandez's] blood -- above the state's .08 percent limit for drunk driving, the report says.
The examiner also detected cocaine: .126 mg/L, according to the report.
The medical examiner found that all three men died from blunt force trauma to the head and torso, resulting from the crash. Both Rivero and Macias also had alcohol in their systems, and Rivero also tested positive for cocaine.
The medical examiner report said Rivero also had cocaine in his system with a blood alcohol content of .065. Macias had a BAC of .044 but did not have any illegal drugs in his system. Neither was legally drunk. A receipt for the alcohol was found at the crash site.
It's unknown who was piloting the boat at the time of the crash, though the family's attorney insists it was not Fernandez, according to David Ovalle of the Miami Herald. They cite a witness who was on the phone with Fernandez "at the point of impact," at which time he told the person driving to go left. Phone records back up the claim.
Here is the timeline of event surrounding Fernandez's death:
Sept. 25: Miami-Dade Fire Rescue found the crash site at approximately 3 a.m. ET. It had been flipped upside down onto the rocks of the jetty. The preliminary investigation indicated the boat flipped after hitting the jetty rocks at a high rate of speed, and also that drugs and alcohol were not involved. The Marlins canceled their game that day.
Sept. 26: More details about the crash emerged. We learned that the boat, Kaught Looking with a backwards K a la a called strike three, belonged to Fernandez. It was a 32-foot fishing vessel and the fiberglass on the left side of the hull had been ripped by the crash. A friend said Fernandez had an argument with his girlfriend earlier in the day.
The Marlins, meanwhile, returned to action that night and had a touching pregame tribune to Fernandez. Dee Gordon hit a leadoff home run and called it "the best moment of my life to hit a home run for him." The Marlins honored Fernandez after the game as well.
Sept. 28: Fernandez's memorial service traveled through the streets of Miami. The processional started at Marlins Park at 2:16 p.m. ET to honor Fernandez's No. 16, which will be the first retired number in franchise history. The funeral was held at St. Brendan's Church.
Oct. 11: The NBA's Miami Heat paid tribute to Fernandez prior to their first preseason home game.
Oct. 14: The NHL's Florida Panthers paid tribute to Fernandez prior to their first regular season home game.
Oct. 16: An affidavit said there was "strong odor of alcohol" at the site of the crash. Toxicology tests had been run, but were not yet released by authorities.
Oct. 29: The Miami-Dade medical examiner releases a report saying cocaine and high levels of alcohol were found in Fernandez's blood at the time of the crash.
The Marlins declined to comment on the medical examiner's report, citing the ongoing investigation.