MIAMI — The lawsuit surrounding the death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and his two friends has been an ugly affair, but both sides are making it clear they don’t want it to get any uglier.
Though in motions and interviews with the press the lawyers for Fernandez and the lawyers for his two friends Emilio Macias and Eduardo Rivero,who both died alongside him in the boat crash, have used ugly language like “callous,” “gross,” and “incendiary,” to describe the other side — the parties do agree on one thing: no one wants the autopsy photos of the three young men to be made public.
The autopsy photos are expected to be delivered soon, but don’t expect to see them.
Last week, all of the attorneys reached an agreement that bans everyone in the lawsuit from sharing the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s office autopsy photos with anyone else.
According to investigators, Fernandez had a blood alcohol level of .147 at the time of the crash, nearly twice the legal limit. They also say he used cocaine before piloting the boat on the trio’s middle of the night outing.
Investigators say Fernandez’s boat was traveling in complete darkness at 65 miles per hour when it hit a jetty. All three men were killed.
The families of Macias and Rivero are expected to ask for millions of dollars in punitive damages.