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April 15, 2011
Ask Sacto 9-1-1: No charges filed in road-rage death after 2005 Kings game

Q: Several years ago a man died in an altercation having to do with a road rage incident at Arco Arena after a Kings game. Was anyone ever arrested in this case and if so what was the outcome? - mkline2408, Roseville

A: Mark Leidheisl died after a fight following a Sacramento Kings game on April 20, 2005, but the Sacramento County District Attorney declined to file charges against the two men he fought, The Bee reported.

Prosecutors said Leidheisl, 39, was drunk and possibly under the influence of opiates,

Leidheisl, a bank senior vice president, first attacked one man and then another before being punched in the face, according to the statement from Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully. That blow sent him to the pavement, where his head slammed against the asphalt. He died two days later of a severe brain injury.

"Mr. Leidheisl started the fight; he was the aggressor," said in May 2005 Deputy District Attorney Lana Wyant. "He wasn't attacked."

The two men were leaving the Arco Arena parking lot in a sport-utility vehicle after the game when they were confronted by an angry Leidheisl and a passenger in his Mercedes-Benz as they left the Arco Arena parking lot and drove onto a public street.

Leidheisl's blood-alcohol level was 0.13 percent - the legal limit is 0.08 percent, the DA said. He also had opiates in his bloodstream, which his attorney said may have been from legally prescribed drugs.

"Each of the four men involved in this series of events exercised poor judgment," Scully said in the press release. "(But) the exercise of poor judgment does not equal criminal conduct in this case."

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