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Jose Fernandez Was Driving Boat During Fatal Crash, Report Says

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Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins looks on during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on May 15, 2015, in Miami, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 17 Mar 2017 05:52 AM

According to a new report, Jose Fernandez was navigating the boat that crashed near Miami Beach last year, killing the Miami Marlins star pitcher and two friends.

“Fernandez’s DNA was found on the steering wheel and the throttle, and his fingerprint was lifted from the steering wheel,” investigator Christina Martin wrote in the report, according to The Washington Post.

“I observed the throttles to be in the forward, full throttle position,” Martin added.

The 32-foot boat, called "Kaught Looking," was traveling 66 miles per hour when it crashed into a jetty in September, the report said.

Fernandez and two of his friends, Emilio Jesus Macias and Eduardo Rivero, were ejected from the boat.

“Upon impact, [Fernandez's] teeth left small chips on the round surface of the compass,” the report said, the Post noted.

The cause of death for all three men was blunt-force trauma and drowning.

Cocaine and alcohol were later found in Fernandez's system.

“Fernandez operated ... with his normal faculties impaired, in a reckless manner, at an extremely high rate of speed, in the darkness of night, in an area with known navigational hazards such as rock jetties and channel markers,” the report states, according to CNN.

It also makes note of a text message Fernandez's girlfriend Maria Arias sent Rivero prior to the accident: "He’s been drinking and he’s not in the best state of mind," the text message read. "I just need you to take care of him."

The parents of Rivero and Macias have filed $2 million lawsuits against the Fernandez estate for his negligence in the fatal crash.

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