Boat Driver In Jose Fernandez Fatal Crash Was Under The Influence

Ford Springer | Contributor

Officials have uncovered evidence that the driver in the boat crash that killed Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other men was under the influence of alcohol.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins reacts at second base after hitting a RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

According to a search warrant affidavit, obtained by TMZ Sports, investigators said that all three bodies “had a strong odor of alcohol emanating from them” when they were pulled from the water.

Investigators have not released the name of the person they believe to have been driving the boat, but is suspected of Boating Under the Influence and Vessel Homicide, according to TMZ. They believe the crash to have been “exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol.”

The Marlins star pitcher and the other men involved in the crash were at a waterfront bar shortly before the fatal incident.

Jose Fernandez (Photo credit: Getty Images)

Jose Fernandez (Photo credit: Getty Images)

According to officials a receipt for alcohol was found on one of the victims during the investigation. The receipt showed the date and time, suggesting that at least one of the victims had been drinking at the bar before the crash.

Toxicology reports have been completed, but the test results have not yet been released.

Ford Springer



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