Jose Fernandez, Marlins pitcher killed in boat crash, had cocaine in system: report

(NBC News/Phil McCausland) — Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when he was killed with two friends in a boating accident last month, according to an autopsy and toxicology report released Saturday.

Fernandez, 24, had a blood alcohol level of .147 — almost twice the legal limit, the report said. The alcohol levels of friends Eduardo Rivera and Emilio Macias were both below the legal limit, the report added.

The examiner found that Fernandez suffered blunt force trauma to the torso and head, including facial lacerations and broken bones, when his boat crashed into a jetty off Miami Beach. Rivera, 25, and Macias, 27, suffered similar injuries.

The reports did not shed light on who was actually driving the boat.

The medical examiner's office received a number of public records requests about Fernandez, but his reports were held up because of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's decision to conduct a criminal investigation, said Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

The celebrated pitcher and his friends were last seen at a bar before heading out on a 32-foot SeaVee named Kaught Looking. The boat crashed around 3:15 a.m. ET Sept. 25.

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