Dec. 24, 2014
Jose Fernandez Toxicology Report: Alcohol, Cocaine
The toxicology report has been released in the death of Miami Marlins all-star pitcher Jose Fernandez and the two friends who were all killed in a boating accident on a Miami jetty a little over a month ago...
And the news, more than anything, is sad and disappointing...
Fernandez was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .147, nearly twice the legal limit in the state of Florida of .08. Eduardo Rivero, also had cocaine and alcohol in his system, and the third victim Emilio Macias had alcohol but no traces of drugs in his system.
The Miami Herald had filed a lawsuit to release the records since the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission would not do so- citing an ongoing criminal investigation. The Miami-Dade County government chose to release the records since the FFWC would not sign on to be a co-defendant with the county if the lawsuit went forward:
"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," (M-DC Mayor Carlos) Gimenez said. "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."
We defer to Vin Scully for a story on Fernandez and the kind of man he was:
But to have lost Fernandez with an expectant mother at home, this story just gets sadder as its told.