The hearse carrying the coffin with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez arrives at Brendan Catholic Church in Miami, Florida, September 28, 2016. Jose Fernanedez, 24, died in a boating accident off of the South Beach jetty on Sunday September 25, 2016. Photo by Gary I Rothstein/UP1 | License Photo
March 15 (UPI) -- Judge Maria Korvick ruled for a split of Jose Fernandez's estate between his former girlfriend and mother Wednesday in Miami.
The former Miami Marlins pitcher died in September during a boating accident. Two other passengers also died that night in Miami. Cocaine was found in Fernandez's body at the time of the wreck. Fernandez did not have a will.
Fernandez's girlfriend was pregnant with his daughter at the time of his death. Penelope born in February.
On Wednesday, Korvick granted Gomez Fernandez and Maria Arias control of the estate, valued at between $2 million and $3 million.
"The fact that Jose would have been making $300 million over a 10-year contract that was imminent -- that's correct," Fernandez's family attorney, Ralf Fernandez, told Local 10. "But that's not what he had. You know, that's not what Maria's baby will have, that's not what her [Gomez Fernandez's] granddaughter will have, that's not where they were. What they do have is the rich memories, you know, of an individual who changed the city and this state."
Eduardo Rivero and Jesus Macias were the other two men killed in the crash. Their families have field a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate.
Fernandez and Arias will require a court order any time money is withdrawn from the account.
Fernandez, 24, was the 2013 Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-Star. He finished his career with a 38-17 record and 589 strikeouts in 76 appearances. He had a $2.8 million salary in 2016. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported in 2016 that Fernandez wanted $30 million annually when he hit free agency in 2018.