Good Samaritan killed in Pitbull’s vodka boat accident is laid to rest

As Miami resident Ernesto Hernandez was laid to rest Wednesday morning, his grieving family is in search of an answer to the tragedy that took the young…
Good Samaritan killed in Pitbull’s vodka boat accident is laid to rest

Ernesto Hernandez’s family is in search of an answer following his death when he was struck by a boat’s propellers in the coastal waters of Florida. A producer and Miami radio personality, DJ Laz was the captain of the boat. (Photo: Ernesto Hernandez’s Facebook)

As Miami resident Ernesto Hernandez was laid to rest Wednesday morning, his grieving family is in search of an answer to the tragedy that took the young man’s life involving local radio host DJ Laz and Pitbull’s vodka brand Voli Spirits in Miami this week.

Following the fatal incident, family and loved ones want an answer.

“At the present time we are in mourning,” family spokesperson Michael Gonzalez told CBS 4. “We haven’t delved into that aspect of what happened.”

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Hernandez’s cause of death is listed as “multiple chop wounds” by the medical examiner after he was reportedly in the water, trying to push off DJ Laz’s boat after it got stuck on a sandbar on May 4th.

Ernesto Hernadez's family want an answer following his death by DJ Laz steering Pitbull's vodka brand promotional boat.

Several people try to push the boat that DJ Laz was steering off a sandbar on Sunday May 4th in Key Biscayne, Fla. One helper, Ernesto Hernandez, 23, was fatally struck by propellers, police reports.(Photo: Twitter/@JaimeNBC6)

Lazaro Mendez (DJ Laz) was the man behind the wheel of the boat that was promoting Pitbull’s vodka brand. Mendez has entertained South Floridians for decades.

Around 7 p.m. on Sunday May 4th, the boat that DJ Laz was steering got stuck on the Nixon sandbar off Key Biscayne, Fla.

Several people on the scene began to push the boat.

Unfortunately, Ernesto Hernandez, 23, who was assisting, was fatally struck by the boat’s spinning propellers, according to authorities.

The victim’s family member said it was normal for him to always lend a helping hand because he had a giving heart.

DJ Laz shared his distraught feelings on social media following the mishap on Monday May 5th and stated that he is cooperating with the investigation. However as of Wednesday both of his verified Twitter and Facebook accounts were shut down without explanation.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Jorge Pino announced Monday that investigators were going to to look at whether alcohol played a role, and if there will be press charges against the operator of the vessel.

Pino says investigators observed “no blood shot eyes, slurred speech or unsteady movement” to suggest DJ Laz was impaired.

Still, they called state attorney who said they couldn’t compel a blood or breath test without probable cause. They still asked him to give a voluntary breathalyzer and he refused, reports CBS 4.

“I really don’t have a comment about that,” Gonzalez reacted to the statement. “That’s regulatory and a question of law.”

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Pitbull's vodka brand is involved in Miami boat accident.

DJ Laz was steering Pitbull’s vodka brand, Voli Spirits, promotional boat, when the tragic incident occurred. (Photo: Twitter/@TheRealDJLaz)