Former Pro-Wrestler Arrested on DUI Charges Related to Fatal Car Crash
Volusia County authorities were finally able to gather enough evidence to issue an arrest warrant over the weekend for former WWE star Tamara Sytch for her alleged connection to a deadly auto accident that claimed the life of a 75-year-old man at the end of March.
According to reports from the Ormond Beach Police Department, it was shortly before 10 p.m. on May 7, 2022, when 49-year-old Hall of Fame professional wrestler Tamara “Sunny” Sytch was apprehended at the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach. Records indicate that on the evening of March 25, 2022, Sytch was driving her car near the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 and Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach when she failed to yield for another motorist who was stopped at a red traffic light and rear-ended a vehicle that was being driven by 75-year-old Daytona Beach resident Julian LaFrancis Lasseter. The force of impact from the initial rear-end collision caused Lasseter’s car to then crash into another vehicle that was positioned directly in front of him.
Tamara Sytch and Julian LaFrancis Lasseter were both transported to local hospitals to receive medical treatments for injuries sustained during the collision, however, due to the severe nature of his injuries, the 75-year-old driver passed away. Before the former pro-wrestler was released from the hospital, Ormond Beach officers were able to obtain a warrant for Sytch’s blood, citing her behavior as “under the influence of medications/drugs/alcohol” when the fatal collision occurred. The blood-alcohol test results indicated that she was nearly three-and-a-half times the legal limit for Florida when the accident took place.
Sytch was arrested on Saturday and faces multiple charges, including four counts of DUI causing injury to a person, three counts of DUI causing damage to property, one count of causing death while operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, and one count of DUI causing death. She was taken to the Volusia County Jail where she later bonded out for $227,500.
“Mr. Lasseter’s family has been notified of these developments, and our heartfelt thoughts continue to be with them as we proceed through this process,” said an Ormond Beach Police Department official in a statement to the media.
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