Bar: Marlins’ Fernandez was there before fatal boat accident

by Associated Press on September 27, 2016

MIAMI (AP) — A Miami bar and restaurant is confirming that Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was a patron at the establishment before he and two friends were killed in a boat crash.

A spokeswoman for American Social Bar & Restaurant confirmed Tuesday in an email that Fernandez was there before the accident. The statement did not say whether Fernandez had been drinking or what time he left. The bar is along the Miami River and allows boats to dock alongside.

The 24-year-old Fernandez died when the boat he owned slammed early Sunday into a rock jetty just off South Beach. Twenty-seven-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias and 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero also died.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating the crash. The Miami-Dade County medical examiner has not yet released toxicology results.