DUI Manslaughter Trial of Former NY Yankee Starts Monday
Posted on Oct 23, 2010
The DUI manslaughter trial of a former NY Yankee is scheduled to start Monday in Florida. Jim Leyritz, famous for a three-run home run during the 1996 World Series against the Atlanta Braves.
In December, 2007, Leyritz was involved in a collision after spending the evening celebrating his birthday in various Ft. Lauderdale bars. The front of his car crashed into the driver's side door of another vehicle, causing it to spin and roll. The driver of that vehicle, a 30 year-old mother of two, died after being ejected from her car.
It is unclear which driver had a red or yellow light. Moreover, the victim had a BAC of .18, was not wearing her seat belt, and may have been distracted with text messages and cell phone calls. However, the judge has ruled that none of this information is allowed to be mentioned at the trial, saying it has no bearing on whether she ran a red light.
Leyritz faces a minimum of four years in prison if convicted.