Former Yankee charged in DUI death
For the New York Yankee fans out there, and to serve as an example of what can happen when you get behind the wheel when under the influence. I would think this story about ex-Yankee Jim Leyritz deserves more attention than b-list actress Mischa Barton, who doesn’t even live in Hoboken anymore.
From the Miami Herald:
World Series hero charged with DUI death
Former Major League ballplayer Jim Leyritz refused to submit to a breath sobriety test when officers told him a 30-year-old mother died as a result of a car crash with him early Friday in Fort Lauderdale, police said.
”Officers on scene observed Leyritz to have red, watery eyes, a flushed face and an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person,” Fort Lauderdale Detective Kathy Collins wrote in a news release.
He failed several field-sobriety exercises, including walking and turning and touching his finger to his nose, accoring to an arrest report. He refused a Breathalyzer test, police said.
Leyritz was booked into Broward’s jail after a nurse at Broward General Medical Center drew two blood samples — at 6:10 a.m. and at 7:12 a.m. The blood tests are being analyzed by the medical examiner’s office.
Leyritz, a one-time World Series hero, was charged with DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage after the crash in Fort Lauderdale’s Himmarshee bar district. His 44th birthday was Thursday.
The victim was identified Friday afternoon as Fredia Ann Veitch, of Plantation. Police said she has two children.
Leyritz, whose 44th birthday was Thursday, drove through a red light about 3:20 a.m. while northbound on Southwest Seventh Avenue at Second Street, police said. He was driving his red 2006 Ford Expedition. Veitch was driving a green 2000 Mitsubishi Montero west along Second Street.
The impact of the crash caused Veitch’s car to flip, and she was ejected, investigators said. She was on her way home from her job at the Original Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale, police said.
Leyritz posted bond and was released from jail Friday afternoon. No one answered the door at a Davie address listed for him.
Leyritz — known in baseball as ”The King” — played catcher and first baseman during a 10-year career for the New York Yankees, Anaheim Angels, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.
His greatest moment came in the 1996 World Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Yankees. He blasted a three-run home run that helped turn the series in favor of the Yankees, who eventually won.