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Families of victims in deadly Jose Fernandez crash settle lawsuit against his estate

The families of the two men who were killed in addition to MLB pitcher Jose Fernandez in a 2016 boat crash have settled their lawsuit against his estate, according to the Associated Press.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found that Fernandez was operating the boat when it crashed off Miami Beach on September 25, 2016. A toxicology report released by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department a month later showed that Fernandez had cocaine in his system, and had a blood alcohol level of almost twice the legal limit at the time of his death, when he was said to be operating the boat at 65 miles per hour.

QLE Posted: August 04, 2018 at 10:37 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: detectives believe alcohol was involved, detectives believe speed was involved, jose fernandez, marlins

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   1. Hank Gillette Posted: August 04, 2018 at 11:17 AM (#5720860)
This is still just really sad, and the deaths were pointless. Please remember kids, even when you are young and rich, you are not bullet-proof (and don’t go boating with someone who is drunk).
   2. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: August 05, 2018 at 11:36 AM (#5721235)
Doubly worse for his family since Jose wasn't extremely rich yet.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 05, 2018 at 12:03 PM (#5721241)
Doubly worse for his family since Jose wasn't extremely rich yet.

I really don't feel bad that his family aren't filthy rich. I feel bad they lost a son/brother/father. But, I feel much worse for the families of the other guys. This was pretty much 100% Fernandez's fault. The families of the two dead guys should have gotten 100% of Fernandez's estate.
   4. dlf Posted: August 05, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5721247)
Edit: never mind
   5. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: August 05, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5721262)
3: I'm not saying that, rather his money may have given them some financial comfort, and now a bunch of that seems to be lost now.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 05, 2018 at 01:40 PM (#5721270)
[5] Sure. But, it's lost to people that deserve it more. Let's be clear, Fernandez was the guilty party here. The fact that he was a great athlete shouldn't make us mourn him more than the 2 others.
   7. dlf Posted: August 05, 2018 at 01:47 PM (#5721272)
Who deserves it more, the families of the people who got aboard voluntarily while knowing or should have known that the person at the helm was intoxicated or the child who was born after her father died via his own stupidity? If I were able to dictate policy, I'd ensure that each of the minor children of Fernandez and the other two fatalities (if any) had adequate trust funds to pay for education and necessary expenses until they become adults, then the entire remainder would go to BWI prevention.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 05, 2018 at 01:52 PM (#5721274)
Who deserves it more, the families of the people who got aboard voluntarily while knowing or should have known that the person at the helm was intoxicated or the child who was born after her father died via his own stupidity? If I were able to dictate policy, I'd ensure that each of the minor children of Fernandez and the other two fatalities (if any) had adequate trust funds to pay for education and necessary expenses until they become adults, then the entire remainder would go to BWI prevention.

That's would be OK by me.

But, I would say the families of the other two guys clearly deserve it more than the family of Fernandez. They were stupid. He was criminal. He flat out killed two people through extreme recklessness. If he had survived, he'd belong in jail.
   9. -- Posted: August 05, 2018 at 01:55 PM (#5721276)
The fact that he was a great athlete shouldn't make us mourn him more than the 2 others.


Yeah, good luck with that one.
   10. geonose Posted: August 06, 2018 at 01:53 PM (#5721787)
Does this put to rest the Fernandez family lawyer's assertion that he was involunarily drugged?
   11. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: August 06, 2018 at 02:06 PM (#5721796)
10 - I don't think so. I imagine that the attorneys would say that while they firmly believed in their client's position the costs and risks associated with trial made it worthwhile to settle for what I assume is an undisclosed amount.

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