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Jim Leyritz lawsuit resolved with settlement

May 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

leyritz.jpgThe wrongful death lawsuit brought against Jim Leyritz in connection with a drunken driving manslaughter crash in December 2007 was settled Tuesday, with the vicim’s family receiving $250,000 from the former major leaguer’s insurance company.
A DUI manslaughter trial is scheduled to start later this year for Leyritz. His attorney, John Richards, says the lawsuit settlement isn’t an admission of guilt and that the former major leaguer maintains his innocence.
Police say Leyritz was drunk at the time of the accident, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 measured a couple of hours after the crash. However, the prosecution will claim that the Fredia Veitch, who died in the collision, was also under the influence and that the crash wasn’t Leyritz’s fault.

  1. D Paul Sweeney - May 25, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    $250,000 are you kidding me. The victim’s family must have blinders on. The attorney will get 30% for doing NOTHING. What a joke, boy this family needs serious help

  2. Head Bee Guy - May 25, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    “The prosecution will claim that the Fredia Veitch, who died in the collision, was also under the influence and that the crash wasn’t Leyritz’s fault.”
    Ballsy strategy by the prosecution.

  3. GimmeSomeSteel - May 25, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    Why has this taken so long to get to court? It’s been 29 months since the crash!

  4. Jack Meoffer - May 25, 2010 at 10:19 PM

    Gimme, 29 months is actually pretty quick. My case (I was the Plaintiff) took 5 years. And that is considered pretty quick.by

  5. fanfare - May 26, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Obviously the family took the money (not much considering what Leyritz is worth) because they know in court it will come out that she was totally wasted and had a history of drunk driving, speeding, and running red lights. Leyritz probably paid because his lawyers told him to help the kids.

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