- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 17, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (AP) - A defense expert says former major league ballplayer Jim Leyritz was not drunk when he was involved in a Florida car crash that killed a 30-year-old woman.

Toxicologist Dr. Stefan Rose testified Wednesday that Leyritz had a blood-alcohol level under Florida’s 0.08 percent limit when the 2007 crash happened. Rose said Leyritz’s alcohol level rose to 0.14 percent hours after the crash because he had a vodka shot minutes earlier.

Prosecution experts earlier estimated that Leyritz had a 0.19 percent blood alcohol level when the crash happened.

Leyritz is accused of DUI manslaughter in the crash that killed Fredia Ann Veitch. Jurors could start deliberating as early as Thursday.

Leyritz played for the New York Yankees and other teams over 11 seasons.

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