The families of the two men killed on the boat driven by Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez are seeking additional damages from his estate — which could total $6 million — because the pitcher had drugs and alcohol in his system.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the families of the men — Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias — want to amend their wrongful death lawsuit against Fernandez to include punitive damages.
The victims believe punitive damages are warranted following the investigative report about the crash. The report said Fernandez’ boat was traveling 65.7 miles per hour before impact with the jetty, he had cocaine in his system and had a BAC of 0.147.
Fernandez, Rivero and Macias all died in an early morning boat crash on September 25, 2016.
The wrongful death lawsuit originally sought $2 million in compensatory damages. Florida law allows for punitive damages equal to three times the compensatory damages awarded.
Fernandez’s estate is attempting to have the entire lawsuit dismissed. They deny he caused the crash and blame the men for their own injuries.