José Fernández — the Miami Marlins pitcher who died early Sunday in a boating accident — was killed by trauma, not drowning, authorities said Monday.
According to Lorenzo Veloz of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fernández and two friends were traveling at full speed, between 55 and 65 miles per hour, when the boat hit a Miami Beach jetty and capsized on the rocks.
“It does appear that speed was involved due to the impact and the severity of it,” Veloz said of the crash.
None of the three passengers were wearing life jackets, Veloz said, and the boat did not belong to Fernández, nor was he the one behind the wheel during the crash. Neither alcohol nor illegal drugs were found at the scene. Veloz said neither initially appeared to have played a role in the crash. Read more…