Wrongful Death Settlement Reached in Former Yankee DUI Case
Jim Leyritz is a name well known to Baseball fans. He retired ten years ago, after playing in the Major Leagues for six different teams. According to Sophia Santana at the Sun Sentinel, Leyritz’s time with the New York Yankees and other teams netted him about $10 million over the course of his career.
Leyritz was charged with DUI manslaughter in the Dec. 28, 2007 crash that killed Fredia Veitch, 30, of Plantation, and is awaiting trial.
Both Leyritz and Veitch, who had not been wearing a seat belt, had blood alcohol levels that exceeded the state’s legal limit for drivers when the crash occurred about 3 a.m. at a downtown Fort Lauderdale intersection, authorities said at the time.
So why do I bring up news from 2007 today? Because a settlement has finally been reached. According to The Associated Press via The Miami Herald’s Sport Wire, Leyritz’s lawyer says that this is not an admission of guilt; and Leyritz himself maintains his innocence. Regardless, a settlement has been made, and here are some details taken from the AP article:
Sam Coffey, an attorney for the family of Fredia Ann Veitch, says Leyritz’s insurance will pay $250,000. Additionally, the former ballplayer will pay $1,000 a month for 100 months, starting April 15, 2011.