The trial of major league baseball player, accused of driving drunk and killing a mother of two, begins on Monday, November 1, in Fort Lauderdale, according to The Palm Beach Post News. A jury was chosen Thursday, October 28, in the DUI manslaughter trial of Jim Leyritz, 46, who was a catcher during an 11-season big league career.
He is accused of running a red light in December 2007 and crashing into a vehicle driven by Fredia Ann Veitch, 30, who was thrown from her SUV and later died. Leyritz blood alcohol level was 0.14, almost twice the legal limit of 0.08 under Florida law and his BAC was taken three hours after the fatal Florida drunk driving car crash.
The six-person panel was told Thursday that this was a high profile case and would likely last four weeks. Jurors were discouraged from watching television or reading about the case.
Florida DUI Laws
Lawyers for Leyritz will not be able to introduce evidence that Ms. Veitch was not wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident and may also have been driving under the influence. The main issue for the jurors to decide is whether Leyrich ran a red light or not.
It is illegal in Florida to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If he is convicted of running a red light while intoxicated, Leyritz, who has pleaded not guilty, faces between 4 and 15 years in prison. He has already settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Ms. Veitch.
An experienced Florida car accident attorney will guide victims and their families through the court system if they are unfortunately involved in a motor vehicle accident with an intoxicated driver. Farah & Farah has an open door policy if you’d like to discuss your situation.