Suit with former Major League Baseball player settles

Posted on May 27, 2010

Former New York Yankee Jim Leyritz has settled with the family of a Florida woman who was killed while Leyritz was driving drunk.

Fredia Ann Veitch died following an accident on December 28, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Leyritz plowed into her vehicle while he was driving intoxicated. Veitch was the mother of two children, now 7 and 15. Her family filed a wrongful death suit against the former major league player who also faces criminal charges in Veitch's death for manslaughter.

Leyritz was ordered to pay Veitch's family $250,000, which will be covered by his insurance. He will also be required to pay $1,000 a month for 100 months, amounting to $100,000. The agreement was reached in this manner upon the finding that Leyritz's only source of income was his major league pension, making gradual increments the only option for him to pay the damages.

Leyritz's attorney stated that the settlement was not an admission of liability on his client's part, but that they felt that Veitch's children should be compensated.

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