Marlins' Jose Fernandez at fault in fatal boating accident, investigators say

The late Marlins pitcher's daughter, a 3-month-old, will benefit from the trust, set up by the Marlins, as will his mother.

Investigators have determined Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was responsible for the September boating accident that killed him and two other men.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released its report on the accident Thursday morning, laying out its conclusions that Fernandez was drunk and driving the boat at approximately 65 miles per hour when it crashed into a jetty around 3 a.m. ET Sept. 25.

“Fernandez operated [the boat] with his normal faculties impaired, in a reckless manner, at an extreme high rate of speed, in the darkness of the night, in an area with known navigational hazards such as rock jetties and channel markers,” the report said, via the Miami Herald.

Fernandez, 24, also had cocaine in his system at the time of his death, according to the report, and investigators "determined alcohol and drugs were a factor in this case."

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The Marlins ace's friends Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, also were killed in the crash. Their families have filed lawsuits seeking $2 million each in damages from Fernandez's estate.

Marlins president David Samson released a statement after the report went public. It read: "No matter what the report has concluded, nothing will ever diminish Jose's everlasting positive connection with Miami and the Miami Marlins. Nor can it lessen the love and passion he felt for his family, friends, teammates and all his fans in South Florida and around the world."

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