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Settlement reached with victims’ families in Jose Fernandez’s fatal boat crash

Investigators look at the boat that Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was aboard that crashed into the jetty off South Beach on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Investigators look at the boat that Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was aboard that crashed into the jetty off South Beach on Sunday, September 25, 2016. pfarrell@miamiherald.com

The estate of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the families of two other men who were with him when his boat crashed into a jetty off South Beach.

Attorney Ralph Fernandez, who represents the All-Star’s estate, confirmed Friday that they had reached an agreement Tuesday, which would have been Jose Fernandez’s 26th birthday.

The attorney said he couldn’t disclose details about the settlement but was happy with the outcome. The lawyer had previously accused state investigators of prematurely concluding that Jose Fernandez was responsible and then altering or ignoring evidence to the contrary.

That investigation found that Fernandez was operating his boat when it hit a Miami Beach jetty in September 2016.

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Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, at the beginning of the Miami Marlins vs New York Mets game at the Marlins Park in Miami on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Pedro Portal El Nuevo Herald

Christopher Royer, an attorney for the estates of 27-year-old Emilio Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero, declined to comment on the settlement.

All three people on Fernandez’s 32-foot SeaVee, called Kaught Looking, died in the early morning crash on Sept. 25, 2016. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission concluded that Fernandez, drunk, high on cocaine and speeding, was behind the wheel and to blame for the crash.

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