The tragedy of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez’s death shook
people across Florida and throughout the baseball community. Fernandez
and two of his friends lost their lives in a
boating accident early Sunday, September 25th, at the southern tip of Miami Beach. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) was quick to speak about the circumstances of the crash,
but it appears now that some of the information may have been incorrect
and was inadvertently given to the public too soon.
A spokesperson for the FWC initially claimed that the boat did not belong
to Fernandez; this would later be proven to be untrue, as the boat, the
“Kaught Looking”, was indeed registered in Fernandez’s
name. Initial statements always said the 32-foot Sea Vee was traveling
at “full speed” when it collided with the northern jetty of
the Government Cut channel. The speed is now being reported as undetermined.
Lastly, the first statements made by the FWC claimed that alcohol had not
been a contributing factor in the accident. This is being reexamined as
toxicology tests are in the works. There are numerous claims that Fernandez
and his friends had been at a bar further inland as late as 2:00 AM that
morning; the crash occurred a little after 3:00 AM. This could be indicative
that someone operating the boat at the time of the collision may have
been inebriated. The theory is backed further by text messages received
by Eddy Rivero, one of the men on the boat, by a close friend that night
who urged them to “be careful” and to stay “close to
The muddled information does not show any fallacy on the FWC or investigators;
rather, it shows that more time is needed before the accident’s
cause can be determined. At this time, it may even be possible that a
defect in the boat’s mechanics led to the accident.
For more information regarding boating accidents and potential liability
claims for them, you can
contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. Our Stuart personal injury
attorneys can provide you with the answers and legal advocacy you need. Call
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