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The autopsy of Jose Fernandez case


Autopsy report: Jose Fernandez took cocaine and drank alcohol before the boat accident

The autopsy report of Jose Fernandez released this Saturday, showed that the baseball pitcher consumed cocaine and drank alcohol before he died in the tragic boat accident. According to the report, Fernandez's blood alcohol level was 0.147%, way above the legal limit of 0.08%.

The autopsy reports of Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, the other two men who died in the crash, have also showed that they both drank alcohol and Eduardo Rivero consumed cocaine as well.

The reports weren't released right after they were completed at the request of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is conducting a criminal investigation into the fatal boat crash.

When a local news organization, which had submitted a public records request for the information, was informed that it would not be released due to the Fish & Wildlife investigation, the news organization filed a lawsuit against the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner. Since the information was being held at the Fish & Wildlife's request, the county asked the agency to join in the public records lawsuit as a co-defendant. Fish & Wildlife refused to be a party to the lawsuit, said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

We still don't know who was driving the boat the morning of the crash. Ralf Fernandez stated that there is evidence showing that Jose Fernandez was not driving the boat because he was talking on the cell phone right before the impact.

He was giving directions generally to the person who was driving the boat, and he heard as they were being given shortly before he lost communication, said Ralf Fernandez.

There is also a confirmation showing that the three men were at American Social Bar & Kitchen in the Brickell area in the morning of September 25, right before they decided to go for a boat ride. A receipt for alcohol purchased was found in the pocket of one of the victims. The name of the victim was not released.

The Miami Marlins declined to make a statement on Fernandez's autopsy.

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