Jim Leyritz’s future and fate lay reliant upon a Florida jury who could send him to prison for up to 15 years for allegations claiming he hit a woman while drunk driving. The trial begins Monday for Leyritz, who is charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter in 2007. The jury selected consists of five men, one woman, and two alternatives.
According to court documents, Leyritz’s night started at local Fort Lauderdale bars as a birthday celebration for the baseball star and a couple close friends. Shortly after 3 a.m., as he was driving a friend home, it is alleged that his vehicle hit Ms. Freida Veitch’s 2000 Mitsubishi Montero at an intersection, throwing her from the car, following her death shortly thereafter.
Blood drawn from both Leyritz and Veitch proved they were intoxicated, as well as Leyritz’s failed sobriety test. Accusations claim that Veitch was not wearing a seat belt, distracted by calls and texts on her phone, as well as questioned if her lights were even on while driving. One issue remains beyond determining whether or not Leyritz was in fact intoxicated, whether or not he drove through a yellow light or red light, upon hitting Veitch’s vehicle.
The passenger in Leyritz’s vehicle, Bruce Barger, claims that they approached the light while it was yellow and succeeded to pass through the intersection as it was still yellow. Although, a pedestrian at the scene claims he saw something else. Garth Henry claimed the light turned red even before Leyritz drove through it. If Leyritz is convicted, he will face 4 to 15 years in state prison.
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