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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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16.

Weirdenstein    

Effen drunks! Is it REALLY too hard to get someone else to drive or to take a taxi? I hope he realises that the blood on his hands will never wash off.

2400 days ago
17.

jollyex    

What in the h*ll?!?! Micsha Barton should've taken the opportunity to wack someone before she was arrested for her DUI. It only costs an extra grand!

2400 days ago
18.

Bradblowsgeorge    

Damn, another drunk driver kills someone. SOMEBODY, SOMEWHERE, STOP THIS INSANITY.
When are people going to get it about drinking and driving. Geez, get a designated driver, hire a limo with all the money you go, or take a CAB. I am sooo sick of reading about these boozers who are losers.

2400 days ago
19.

joe    

jizy you are a dumbass!

2400 days ago
20.

Jizy    

The Stankees are murderers!
Ray Chapman, Cleveland Indians, the only MLB player ever to die from playing ball was killed by a wild pitch from New York’s Carl “Submariner” Mays.
Because of the Stankees murderous ways, Submariner Mays, with hall of fame numbers is not in the hall of fame and the spitball was banned the next season.
This is only one example of what it means to be a Stankee.
Leyritz is just following the New York way.

2400 days ago
21.

Bradblowsgeorge    

sorry, I was typing so fast, I spelled got wrong...............this info just frosts me about another death from a celebrity drunk.

2400 days ago
22.

JAmes    

Man this sucks, what a bad stroke of luck... Alot of people drive drunk without anything ever happening... I'm saddened by this news, as he was one of my favorite players, mainly because of his batting stance being so unique. Hopefully he does not go down for too long. :(

2400 days ago
23.

Jizy    

I have supporting data why New York blows, argue all you want, fact is facts.

2400 days ago
24.

JAY    

JIZY, IT WAS A WILD PITCH U DUMBASS!!!! AND I HIGLY DOUBT THAT HE AINT A HALL OF FAMER CAUSE OF THAT WERE YOU NOT LOVED WHEN U WERE GROWING UP THAT YOUR YANKEE BASHING WHEN A GUY THAT PLAYD FOR THEM LIKE 10 YEARS KILLS SOMEONE? TRYIN TO TAKE ADAVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT HE WORE PINSTRIPES BEFORE? HIM HAVING PLAYED FOR THE YANKEES MEANS NOTHING HE WAS DRUNK , AND KILLED AN INNOCENT WOMAN IS WHATS IMPORTANT NOT YOU CRYIN LIKE A BABY JUST CAUSE YOU DONT LIKE THE YANKEES. YOUR AND IDIOT PLAIN AND SIMPLE

2400 days ago
25.

just another person    

Jizy-are you truly a idiot, or like making idiotic comments? You are probably both. Also the comments about Cleveland and Cincy...is this in reference to baseball also....you know, there are sports boards. Lastly, Steinbrenner was born and went to school in Ohio and surprisinly, he bought a team from NY.
Sad day for family....drunks never think they are drunk....innocents lose their lives.

2400 days ago
26.

Geminate    

Not homicide but manslaughter.

2400 days ago
27.

Jizy    

Jay
The murder happened at the Polo Grounds and the New York DA opened a homicide investigation but it was dropped after a few weeks and charges were never brought up. Mays had a history of throwing at the heads.
His career pitching stats were phenomenal and batting average is one of the highest ever for a pitcher. If he didn’t murder Chappy he’d be in Cooperstown today.
Like I said before, facts is facts, two peas in a pod.

2400 days ago
28.

just another person    

You know, you stupid bo sox fanatics troll the boards all over the web, in order to make idiotic and moronic comments regarding Yankee matters. I really wish you guys had jobs, instead of sitting on your a**s all day. I know the unemployment rate is high, but a few of you could get jobs in Mickey D's flipping burgers. Even with a IQ or 70, you could work the french fry machine.

2400 days ago
29.

Jizy    

Umm…
Leyritz is on TMZ and he’s a ball player, aren’t all these comments about Leyritz?
As for Steinbrenner, he’s also from a Cleveland suburb and Cleveland doesn’t want anything to do with his traitor A$$ either!!!
I hope his Stankees bankrupt him before he dies.

2400 days ago
30.

Jizy    

Bo Sox fan?
Don’t insult me, Boston smells like fish and not the good fish either, ewwwwww!

2400 days ago
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