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12-28-07, 04:46 PM #1
Jimmy Leyritz goes the way of Leonard Little?
Former major league baseball player Jim Leyritz has been arrested in Broward County, Fla. and charged with drunken driving and vehicular homicide, according to Miami-area media reports.
According to Fort Lauderdale police, a car driven by Leyritz, who lives in Plantation, Fla., hit another car at an intersection early Friday morning, according to the reports.
Leyritz was traveling northbound when he passed a red light and crashed with a westbound car at around 3:30 a.m., Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman Kathy Collins said, according to the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale.
The driver of the westbound car, a 30-year-old woman, was ejected from her car and pronounced dead at Broward General Medical Center, according to the newspaper.
The Miami Herald reported that according to the Broward Sheriff's Office, Leyritz has been charged with two counts of drunken driving, including one count of DUI that causes death to a human.
Leyritz, whose 44th birthday was Thursday, refused a breathalyzer test, police said, according to Miami TV station WPLG, which first reported the story.
The station reported that according to police records, Leyritz was booked at 4:30 a.m. and ordered held on $11,000 bond.
He posted bond at 2:35 p.m. on Friday, according to Keyla Concepcion, a public information officer for the sheriff's office.
Leyritz bounced from team to team over his career, which ended in 2000 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. But he built a reputation as a clutch postseason hitter.
With the New York Yankees trailing the Atlanta Braves 2-1 in the 1996 World Series, Leyritz hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to tie Game 4 at Atlanta. New York won the game and the series, starting a run of four championships in five seasons.
He played an even bigger role for the San Diego Padres in their run to the 1998 World Series, hitting four homers and driving in nine runs in series wins over the Houston Astros in the NLDS and the Braves in the NLCS.
During the 2007 season, Leyritz traveled with the Yankees as a beat reporter for 1050 ESPN New York.
Leyritz, who signed with the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1985, played 11 seasons in the major leagues for six teams including the Yankees, Angels, Rangers, Red Sox, Padres and Dodgers. He was a career .264 hitter with 90 home runs and 387 RBIs in 903 career games, primarily as a catcher and infielder.
$11K bond for killing someone? Seems a little low to me...
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