Retired Major League Baseball Player Jim Leyritz Settles Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Lawsuit with Family of Woman Killed in Broward County Car Accident
Ex-MLB player Jim Leyritz, and the family of Plantation resident Fredia Veitch have reached an agreement settling their Fort Lauderdale wrongful death lawsuit against him. The 30-year-old Veitch was killed on December 28, 2007 when her vehicle was struck by Leyritz’s SUV, which ran a red light at around 3am. The impact of the Fort Lauderdale car crash threw Veitch from the driver’s seat and caused her to sustain fatal injuries.
Police say that Leyritz was drunk when they apprehended him. Not only did he fail to pass a number of sobriety tests, but also he would refused to voluntarily undergo Breathalyzer and blood tests. He is charged with DUI manslaughter. His trial is scheduled for July.
Under the terms of their Fort Lauderdale wrongful death settlement, Leyritz’s insurer will pay Veitch’s husband and two young children, Kayla and Julian, $250,000. Leyritz will personally pay the family $1,000 each month for the next 100 months.
Leyritz is charged with manslaughter over Veitch’s death and he is awaiting his criminal trial.
Each year, thousands of people are killed in US drunk driving crashes. Alcohol numbs the brain, slows reflexes, impairs the senses, delays reaction time, and suspends a person’s judgment. All of these effects make a recipe for a motor vehicle crash disaster. While filing a Broward County car accident lawsuit won’t bring your loved one back or make your injuries disappear, you may be able to hold a drunk driver liable and obtain compensation that can help cover your medical and recovery costs.
As a motorist on the road, you may not be able to stop other drivers from driving drunk. However, here are a some signs that can serve to warn you that a driver may be drunk:
• Weaving while driving
• Driving much slower or faster than the speed limit
• Headlights are off
• Making excessively wide turns
• Driving over the lane marker
• Wrong-way driving
• Sudden stops even while traffic is still moving
Retired ballplayer Leyritz settles wrongful death suit from crash, Sun-Sentinel, May 24, 2010
Family of woman who died in Jim Leyritz car crash tries to cope with loss, NY Daily News, December 30, 2007
Related Web Resources:
Impaired Driving, CDC
Florida DUI and Administrative Suspension Laws, FLorida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles