“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 by the Fish and Wildlife Commission concluded.
The paper reported the Marlins pitcher would have been charged with manslaughter and other crimes had he survived the Sept. 25 crash and that it was flying near its top speed of 65MPH.
Fernandez’s attorney had claimed Fernandez was on the phone giving instructions to the driver at the time of the crash, but the police found that call took place 12 minutes earlier.
The final conclusion that Fernandez was the driver came after investigators discovered damage to his body matched damage to the center console and traces of his DNA were found on the throttle and steering wheel.
Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, were killed along with Fernandez, 24.
Craig Carton "hates that they have to come out with 'all that other stuff' now." Boomer Esiason on Fernandez out late before heading to the boat? "Of course he was, he's a kid."
The the Marlins announced plans to honor Fernandez with a commemorative No. 16 patch on the front left side of their jerseys, above the heart, this season. That's just great stuff. Pull that right now.
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