Friday, February 1, 2008
Updated: February 2, 5:16 AM ET
Woman killed in Leyritz crash had exceeded blood-alcohol limit
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The woman who was killed when
former World Series star Jim Leyritz crashed his SUV into her car
had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.
According to a toxicology report released Friday, 30-year-old
Fredia Ann Veitch had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18. Florida's
legal limit is 0.08. Leyritz's blood-alcohol content three hours
after the crash was 0.14 percent.
Leyritz, 44, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a recently added
charge of DUI manslaughter by unlawful blood-alcohol levels. He
previously pleaded not guilty to a charge of DUI manslaughter with
impairment in Veitch's death. Leyritz faces 15 years in prison if
"It doesn't affect the cause of the crash because he ran a red
light," Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Newman said.
Leyritz's attorney, Mike Dutko, said the information could
change the way the prosecution proceeds.
"Pre-crash conditions and circumstances become terribly,
terribly relevant," Dutko said. "There's a lot that needs to be
investigated, analyzed and evaluated here."
Police said Leyritz drove his sport utility vehicle through a
red light Dec. 28 in Fort Lauderdale and crashed into Veitch's car.
Leyritz was ordered Thursday to take daily breath tests while he
awaits trial on DUI manslaughter charges.
He played for six major league teams and was last in the majors
in 2000, ending his 11-year career. In 1996, he homered for the New
York Yankees in Game 4 of the World Series against Atlanta. The
homer made it 6-6, and the Yankees won in 10 innings. New York took
the series in six games for its first title in 18 years.