MIAMI — The families of two men who died alongside Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez in a boat crash last year have asked a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court judge to force state authorities to release complete reports about the accident.
The families of the men who died with Fernandez, Eduardo Rivera and Emilio Macias, would be “severely prejudiced” if all the information gathered by crash investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission weren’t released, the lawyers for both men’s estates wrote in their July 19 request to Judge Lisa Walsh.
So far, the men’s families have received redacted reports similar to those handed to the press with large chunks of the narrative blacked out.
The July 19 motion claims key evidence gathered by FWC agents hasn’t even been released to the families.
The FWC claims it cannot hand over full reports because of privacy laws.
The request was filed in connection with two lawsuits presided over by Walsh and filed against Fernandez’s estate earlier this year.
The suits alleged that the pitching sensation was negligent when he slammed his 32-foot fast boat into a jetty at Government Cut in Miami Beach in the early morning hours of Sept. 25, 2016.
Fernandez, the lawsuits claim, was “legally intoxicated” after a night of partying with Macias and Rivera before the crash and had cocaine in his system.
Until last week, the lawsuits were dormant. No action had been taken since March.
But several motions were filed over the past two weeks as fans mourned Fernandez during the All-Star Game revelry.
Christopher Royer, a lawyer of the Rivera and Macias families, didn’t reply to a request for comment about what he hopes to glean from additional information from FWC.
FWC has yet to respond. But according to the Rivera-Macias motion, FWC made it clear to the families that it would take a court order to release unredacted reports.