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 Fredia Veitch

Fredia Veitch

Death 28 Dec 2007 (aged 30)
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 23781523 · View Source
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Veitch, Fredia, 30, of Plantation, FL passed away suddenly on Friday, December 28th. Survived by husband, Jordan; children, Kayla and Julian; mother, Jackie Appling and in-laws, Michele and Jack Veitch. Fredia brought joy to all our lives and will always be remembered. She was killed by a drunk driver.

Former Major League Baseball player Jim Leyritz was arrested Friday on charges of driving under the influence and killing another driver after his vehicle crashed into hers.

Leyritz, who turned 44 on Thursday, faces charges of DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage, said Detective Kathy Collins, Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman.

Police believe alcohol was involved in the crash, though investigators are awaiting results of blood alcohol tests, Collins said. Leyritz posted the $11,000 bond and was released from the Broward County jail at 2:35 p.m. on Friday, according to Keyla Concepcion, a public information officer for the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Fort Lauderdale authorities got a call at 3:20 a.m. that a crash had occurred in the city's entertainment district, Collins said.

She said Leyritz was driving a 2006 Ford Expedition when he collided at an intersection with 30-year-old Fredia Ann Veitch of Plantation, who was driving a 2000 Mitsubishi Montero.

Veitch was ejected from the car, police said. She died at Broward General Medical Center, Collins said.

Witnesses told police Leyritz had a red light. Officers on the scene observed Leyritz to have red, watery eyes, a flushed face and an odor of alcohol, police said.

Leyritz was told Veitch had died and he was asked to submit to a blood test, police said.

"After he refused, Leyritz was informed that blood would be taken above his refusal," the police statement said.

On Sunday, Leyritz's attorney, Jeffrey M. Ostrow, released the following statement.

"Due to the tragic and unfortunate events of December 28, 2007, Mr. Leyritz and his family wish to express their deepest sympathies and condolences to the Veitch and O'Keefe families."

Veitch, who left a husband and two children, was a bartender at a Fort Lauderdale steakhouse. She was working her last week on the late shift and planned to scale back her hours to spend more time with her family, the Miami Herald reported.

"She was definitely family-oriented and a hard worker," Jeff Brown, her manager at the steakhouse, told the Herald. "When she was off, she would go to the beach with her little boy and then bring him in here for lunch."

She was not wearing a seat belt, police said, according to the Sun-Sentinel.


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