Families of men killed with Jose Fernandez file lawsuits

Jose Fernandez
FILE - In this June 22, 2015, file photo, Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez delivers a pitch during the second inning of a minor-league baseball game between the Jupiter Hammerheads and the St. Lucie Mets in Jupiter, Fla. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says the past year has taught him patience. Fernandez makes his first start since May 2014, when he returns from Tommy John surgery to pitch Thursday, July 2, 2015, against the San Francisco Giants. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

MIAMI (AP) — The families of the two men who were with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty — killing all three — are suing the All-Star’s estate.

Attorney Christopher Royer, who is representing the families of 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero and 27-year-old Emilio Jesus Macias, told the Sun Sentinel (https://goo.gl/upp5d4 ) that Rivero’s claim was filed Friday, and Macias’ will be filed Monday. Each family is seeking $2 million.

Authorities say Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system at the time of the September crash, though it’s not clear whether Fernandez was driving.

The attorney representing Fernandez’s family, Ralph Fernandez, told the Sun Sentinel a settlement is “highly unlikely,” saying the official crash investigation has not been completed, but he expects it to find Jose Fernandez was not driving the boat when it crashed.

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