DUI manslaughter trial opens for ex-Yankee Leyritz

November 1, 2010 8:31:11 AM PDT
A Florida prosecutor says former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he drove through a red light and caused a fatal crash.

Prosecutor Stefanie Newman told a jury Monday that a toxicology expert estimated Leyritz's blood-alcohol content when the crash occurred at 0.18 based on tests done three hours later. Florida's legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.08.

Testimony began Monday in the DUI manslaughter trial of the 46-year-old Leyritz. The crash in December 2007 killed 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch, a mother of two.

Leyritz, who played for several teams over 11 seasons, is remembered for hitting a dramatic tying home run for the New York Yankees in the 1996 World Series.

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