Leyritz arrest video released

July 28, 2008 3:06:05 PM PDT
There is new information involving a deadly accident with former Yankee Jim Leyritz. Police have released dash-cam video taken moments after the accident. The tape shows Leyritz when he learned he had killed a young mother.

"My neck is a little stiff. My back is a little stiff. She hit me pretty good," Leyritz told police.

He complained about his aches and pains, but he showed no remorse when told the driver in the other car, a 30-year-old woman, was killed.

The police video was recorded December 28, 2007, the night that the former Yankees slugger was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

He was returning from a long night of celebrating his 44th birthday when he was involved in a fatal car crash.

After struggling with several sobriety tests on the scene, including trying to touch his nose, Leyritz was handcuffed and charged.

A blood test taken several hours later showed his blood alcohol level at .14 -- almost twice the legal limit in Florida.

It was a long hard fall for Leyritz. At the height of his career, he was baseball hero. His crowning moment was hitting a 3 run homer for the Yankees in game 4 of the 1996 world series.

He began his career in1990 with the Yankees. Eleven seasons later with 6 different teams, Leyritz retired in 2000.


STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Lucy Yang