• Leyritz Charged With Vehicular Homicide

    Posted by on December 28th, 2007 · Comments (10)

    From ESPN.com -

    Former Major League Baseball player Jim Leyritz was arrested Friday on charges of driving under the influence and killing another driver after his vehicle crashed into hers.

    Leyritz, who turned 44 on Thursday, faces charges of DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage, said Detective Kathy Collins, Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman.

    Police believe alcohol was involved in the crash, though investigators are awaiting results of blood alcohol tests, Collins said. He posted the $11,000 bond and was released from the Broward County jail at 2:35 p.m. on Friday, according to Keyla Concepcion, a public information officer for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

    It could not be determined whether Leyritz, who lives in Davie, had a lawyer.

    Fort Lauderdale authorities got a call at 3:20 a.m. that a crash had occurred in the city’s entertainment district, Collins said.

    She said Leyritz was driving a 2006 Ford Expedition when he collided at an intersection with 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch of Plantation, who was driving a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero.

    Veitch was ejected from the car, police said. She died at Broward General Medical Center, Collins said.

    Witnesses told police Leyritz had a red light. Officers on the scene observed Leyritz to have red, watery eyes, a flushed face and an odor of alcohol, police said.

    Leyritz was told Veitch had died and he was asked to submit to a blood test, police said.

    “After he refused, Leyritz was informed that blood would be taken above his refusal,” the police statement said.

    I hope the courts punish Leyritz for this terrible crime. This is a tragedy – when someone so young, minding their own business, is taken away for no reason whatsoever outside of someone else’s inconsiderate behavior. It’s beyond sad.

    Comments on Leyritz Charged With Vehicular Homicide

    1. jonm
      December 28th, 2007 | 7:00 pm

      The victim was a mother of two children on the way home from her job at a Ft. Lauderdale steakhouse.

      I have absolutely no sympathy for Leyritz. It will be interesting to see how drunk he actually was. It seems to me that one would have to be very, very drunk to run a red light.

    2. December 28th, 2007 | 8:19 pm

      With original research (thanks Google), apparently, combined with the two charges of DUI property damage (max: 1 year) and DUI manslaughter (max: 15 years), the maximum he could get in the state of Florida is… 16 years with $11,000 in fines, not counting the civil cases.

      For some reason, seeing the maximum at 16 years depresses me. 16 years for taking an innocent life? Because the guy willingly made a ridiculously stupid mistake? Come on here.

    3. Raf
      December 28th, 2007 | 8:43 pm

      For some reason, seeing the maximum at 16 years depresses me. 16 years for taking an innocent life?
      ==========
      He’ll probably get less than that. That’s the upsetting part.

    4. Rich
      December 28th, 2007 | 10:09 pm

      Leonard Little only got “90 days in jail, four years probation and 1000 hours of community service,” despite killing someone while driving with a BAL of .19.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Little

      I hope Leyritz’s punishment is far more severe.

    5. December 29th, 2007 | 2:33 am

      I couldn’t agree with this more. I couldn’t image how terrible for her family. Hopefully, he gets enough/more punishment.

    6. Scott R
      December 29th, 2007 | 10:18 am

      Punishment won’t bring this young mother back from the dead or stop the next accident from happening.We all need to pray for both families to
      have the strength to find forgiveness and peace in their hearts and minds

    7. Ference
      December 29th, 2007 | 10:39 am

      I hope this doesnt sound insensitve or anything but have anyone ever heard of the legal concept of innocent until proven guilty. Why dont we wait for a trial before we start assigning prison sentences to people. I sure hope none of you are ever called to serve on a jury because you would have decided a defendant’s guilt or innocence on the basis of a newspaper report, unless of course someone on this site was actually present at the accident and has first hand knowledge of what happened.

    8. Raf
      December 29th, 2007 | 12:51 pm

      Please spare us the sanctimonious bs.

      Even if this goes to trial, and Leyritz is, say, acquitted, it doesn’t change the fact that a 30 year old woman, a mother, is dead.

      It doesn’t change the police report that says “He failed several field-sobriety exercises, including walking and turning and touching his finger to his nose.”

      It just means he had a good lawyer, and/or that she should’ve worn her seatbelt.

    9. ChrisXS
      December 29th, 2007 | 3:56 pm

      There are two morals to this story:
      • Always wear your seatbelt.
      • Don’t drink and drive.

    10. Rich
      December 29th, 2007 | 11:47 pm

      The presumption of innocence is applicable inside of a courtroom during a trial, not to the expression of opinion outside of a courtroom.

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