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Injury Lawyer Press Release 3

Former Major Leaguer Jim Leyritz Settles Wrongful Death Suit


Added: 05/24/10 


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Former Major Leaguer Jim Leyritz Settles Wrongful Death Suit 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Former Major Leaguer, Jim Leyritz, Wrongful Death suit settlement was approved by Circuit Court Judge, John J. Murphy, III, on May 20, 2010, arising out of a driving under the influence (DUI) crash that occurred on December 28, 2007 killing 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch of Plantation, FL who is survived by her husband, Jordan, daughter Kayla, age 15 and son Julian age 7. The settlement required Court approval because it involves minors.
The terms of the settlement were the payment of the insurance policy limit of $250k plus $1k a month for 100 months, commencing April 15, 2011. Financial discovery produced by Leyritz who earned about $10 million during his major league career revealed that he now has no significant collectible assets other than his Major League Baseball pension which is an exempt asset. If Mr. Leyritz defaults, the Veitch family receives a judgment for punitive damages that Mr. Leyritz has agreed to pay. Leyritz still faces trial in the DUI manslaughter case in July.
In December 2007, Leyritz was driving a 2006 Ford Expedition when he collided at an intersection with Fredia Ann Veitch who was driving a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero. Veitch was ejected from the car, and died at Broward General Medical Center. A split second before the impact Bruce Barger, the underage passenger of Leyritz who he was driving home from a nightclub, shouted, “Whoa, Whoa, Whoa.” At that moment, Leyritz was operating the vehicle looking down at the floor according to Barger’s sworn testimony.

Jim Leyritz, who hit a World Series-turning home run in 1996 for the Yankees against the Braves, also played for the Angels, Rangers, Red Sox, Padres and Dodgers during his career. A lifetime. 264 hitter, Leyritz had 90 homers and 387 RBIs in 903 games. He has been a part-time, on-air correspondent for MLB.com, the YES Network and MSG Network since retiring from baseball. 

Firm attorney, a partner in Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead P. A., represents the Veitch family. Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead P. A., a Fort Lauderdale Litigation Law Firm focusing on personal injury and wrongful death, auto accidents, catastrophic injuries, medical malpractice, defective products, premises liability and defective drugs throughout United States and Florida including Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Plantation, Margate, Weston, Hollywood, North Miami Beach, South Miami, Coral Gables, and Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. For more information, visit the firm’s site at .