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Ex-Yank Popped for Alleged Vehicular Homicide

12/28/2007 3:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has confirmed that Jim Leyritz, a member of the New York Yankees championship teams in the 1990s, is being held at Broward County Jail in Florida, after being arrested for allegedly driving under the influence and causing the death of a woman driving the other car in a collision.
Jim Leyritz
According to police documents, Leyritz was driving a Ford SUV when he ran a red light in downtown Fort Lauderdale and crashed into another vehicle early this morning; the other car rolled, and the driver, 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch was thrown from the car and died later at Broward General Medical Center. Leyritz was observed to have "red watery eyes, flushed face, and the odor of an alcoholic beverage" on his breath -- and he initially refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Leyritz was booked at 4:30 AM on two charges of DUI and was released this afternoon on $11,000 bond. Yesterday, incidentally, was Leyritz's 44th birthday. Local10.com of WPLG-TV first reported the charges.

Leyritz is best remembered for the dramatic three-run home run he hit against the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series.

WPLG captured exclusive video of Leyritz leaving the jail at around 3:30 PM ET. In the video, he is visibly shaken as he gets into his car and clearly holding back tears.
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Jizy    

He was Mr. October on numerous occasions., this would have never happened if he had never played with the Stankees.

2402 days ago
2.

roughdaddy    

tmz love drunks!!! they must be having a party in that office...

2402 days ago
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eric    

C'mon Jizy - this is a sad story and your using someone else's misery and death to jab at the Yankees. That's sad - not to mention your logic is preposterous, so you're not only underhanded and slimy, you're also stupid. Sad.

2402 days ago
4.

LIFE IS LIFE    

Mr. October is gone to jail for 6 years max.

2402 days ago
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notkissinadogthatlicksbutt    

What is happening to this world? Stories like these make we want to go to church on Sunday...

2402 days ago
6.

Shitney, please drop of the face of the planet.    

what have you ppl done to this site?????

2402 days ago
7.

Nyc    

He is a celeb - so he gets attention

The victim is just known a A Woman


imagine what her family is going thru during the holidays


Of course,he may be innocent - so it is always best to reserve judgment

2402 days ago
8.

OCD    



Fergawdsakes, people! Cut out the drunk driving chit!!!

2402 days ago
9.

Ooooo Noooo!    

Why is it the innocent party seems to always die in these drunk-driving crashes?

2402 days ago
10.

PSpector    

It is so sad to see such small bail set for killing another human being. The taking of life by bad behavior is so newsworthy and the victim is just a woman. This woman is someone's mother, daughter, sister. What kind of justice system do we have in this country??

2402 days ago
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Mika    

What the hell...? What is this; drunk celebs declare war on the world or what?? It must be chic to be a drunk driving mess, the new black is sloshed. Way to go, jerkoff, you killed an innocent woman. Now he'll show up teary-eyed in court, sniffle, beg forgiveness, and his fans will blame the woman he murdered. It's Lane Garrison all over again.

2402 days ago
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Jizy    

Don't get me wrong, what he did is horrible and if I knew the dead womans family was reading this I probably wouldn't comment but I highly doubt they are so I'll still put part of blame on him playing for the Stankees.
This dude was born in a Cleveland suburb and grew up in Cincy, how in the heck can he play for Steinbrenner?

2402 days ago
13.

JAY    

JIZY YOUR AN IDIOT!! HIM PLAYING FOR THE YANKEES HAS NOTHING TO WITH HIM DRINKING YOU RETARD! SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT ATHLETES AND CELEBS DRINKING AND DRIVING THO ITS GETTING OUT OF HAND.

2402 days ago
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totoafrica    

I hope he gets killed in Prison

2402 days ago
15.

joe    

jizy, you are a dumbass!

2402 days ago
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