Miami-Dade County officials believe alcohol played a factor in the boating accident that left Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two of his friends dead.
Authorities said there was a strong odor of alcohol on the bodies of Fernandez and the two men after they were dragged out of the ocean. The Miami Herald first made these reports after obtaining a search warrant affidavit of the incident.
The warrant alleges investigators at the scene found evidence that the boat’s driver, who is not identified, was speeding and driving with “recklessness” that was “exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol.”
The warrant allowed the investigators to search the boat, look at its GPS, and examine its two engines, according to the Herald.
Toxicology reports have been conducted on the victims of the accident, but none have been released by state investigators. Authorities have yet to release their findings citing an exemption in public records law for releasing information of an open criminal investigation.
Fernandez and his two friends died on September 25 when the boat they were riding crashed into a jetty off Miami Beach. The crash remains under investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.