An Investigation Proved What We Definitely Didn't Already Know: Jose Fernandez Was Responsible For The Crash That Took His Life
MiamiHerald- Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, drunk and speeding, was behind the wheel and to blame when his boat plowed into a jetty off South Beach, killing two others, police concluded in a report released Thursday.
Had Fernandez lived, he would likely have been charged with a host of crimes including manslaughter, according to the final report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Investigators made the conclusion because the physical damage to Fernandez’s body matched the damage on the boat’s center console. His DNA was also found on the throttle and steering wheel.
The boat, investigators concluded, was traveling at more than 65 miles per hour, the top speed of the vessel.
“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 concluded.
Does anyone have an estimate for what crime scene investigators in South Florida make per year, because if it's enough for me to cover rent then I think I might have to consider a career change. Seriously, imagine how much paid down time there is when you get SIX FULL MONTHS to come to a conclusion that was made clear no more than 48 hours after the tragic death of one of the brightest young stars in baseball. Having half a year to figure out something that would have been common knowledge by the first commercial break on an episode of 'CSI: Miami' would really open up a lot of extra-cirricular options.
I guess I should give them some credit for being thorough though. It's not like this text exchange was all that telling of the situation at hand....
With such a vague explanation of his mindset at the time plus a 5 month old toxicology report that showed he was both drunk and high, it would be pretty difficult to determine that Jose Fernandez was the most guilty deckhand. It definitely - at the very least - required months on end of post-mortem research. I mean, what would we have done without knowing which dead person would have been charged with a felony if they were still alive? Some things are just more important than letting someone's glowing reputation rest in peace, and getting to the bottom of a 3AM boat accident that left so much evidence that the ghost of Johnnie Cochran wouldn't even take the case in the afterlife is absolutely one of them. Credit to all parties involved for dragging this this news out as long as possible, and valuing the obvious, unspoken truth over the endless fond memories of Jose Fernandez that his family, friends, and fans are still trying to embrace.