Ex-Yankee Charged With Manslaughter in DUI Death

Woman killed after Leyritz runs red light
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2007 4:11 PM CST
Jim Leyritz #13 of the New York Yankees looks on the field during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, 16 Apr 2000.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Former New York Yankees catcher Jim Leyritz was charged with DUI manslaughter after an accident early this morning in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that claimed the life of another driver, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Leyritz ran a red light around 3:30am and collided with another vehicle, police said, causing the 30-year-old woman to be ejected.

Police said they believed alcohol was a factor in the incident but had yet to receive blood-test results, the AP reported; he refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, according to the Miami Herald. Leyritz, who turned 44 yesterday, played with six teams in a big-league career that ended in 2000; he is best known for a game-tying home run in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series, eventually won by the Yankees.