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Evidence of alcohol found in death of Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez

The official investigation of the crash indicated that it was caused by "recklessness" exacerbated by alcohol, according to a search warrant of the boat.
26 Oct 2016 – 02:29 PM EDT
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Lugar del accidente en el rompeolas de South Beach. Crédito: AP Photo

Miami Marlins baseball star José Fernández and two other men who died in a boating accident off Miami Beach last month "all had a strong odor of alcohol" when fire rescue divers recovered their bodies, according to a medical examiner cited in a court document released on Wednesday.

A search warrant affidavit for the vessel issued by the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office stated that investigators allegedly found evidence at the scene indicating that boat was traveling at a high speed.

Results of toxicology tests for the three were submitted to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission which is in charge of the investigation but have not yet been released. It also remains unclear if any charges will be brought in the case, though the affidavit cites possible violations of drunk driving and "vessel homicide" laws.

Fernández, 24, was killed when his 32-foot center console boat named “Kaught Looking” hit a jetty at the entrance to the port of Miami around 3.15 am on Sept 25. The two other victims were identified as Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25.

Univision previously reported that Fernández was spotted by fans drinking at American Social Bar & Kitchen on the Miami River shortly before the crash. One witness said the three men were drinking shots of tequila but did not appear to be drunk.

The Cuban-born All-Star pitcher was having the best season of his brief career and was a home town hero who fled Cuba with his mother in 2005.

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