A member of the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame crashed and killed a man while driving drunk in central Florida earlier this year, authorities said.
Tamara Lynn “Sunny” Sytch caused the crash that killed Julian Lasseter on March 25, but it wasn’t until later that a toxicology test confirmed the 49-year-old former pro wrestling personality had an alcohol level in the blood three times higher than legal. limit at the time of the accident, police said in a statement to The Guardian on Monday.
On May 5, investigators obtained a warrant for Sytch’s arrest in connection with the 75-year-old Lasseter’s death. They said they found her at the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach on Friday.
Sytch was booked into jail, charged with one count of causing death by driving under the influence (DUI), one count of causing death while driving without a valid license, four counts of causing injury by DUI and three counts of damaging property by DUI. .
Sytch posted $227,500 bond to await the outcome of the case outside of jail. She did not immediately respond to requests for comment left at phone numbers associated with her.
The day Lasseter was killed, Sytch drove his car into the back of another vehicle stopped at a red light in Ormond Beach, police said, adding that the car hit by Sytch hit a third vehicle and Lasseter was fatally injured. injured as a result of the hit. pile.
Police said they drew blood from Sytch and tested it for drugs and alcohol. The test showed her blood alcohol level to be .28, well above Florida’s legal limit of .08 for motorists.
Ormond Beach Police released a statement expressing condolences to the Lasseters, saying, “Our sincerest thoughts continue with them as we move through this process.”
In the ring, as Sunny, Sytch translated his looks and charisma into 1990s WWE stardom. He served as a valet, essentially, a manager, for several male performers with notable storylines. WWE inducted her into their Hall of Fame in 2011.
Under Florida law, Sytch could face between four and 15 years in prison if convicted of a DUI that caused death. It’s just his latest brush with the law in recent years, following accusations of violating a domestic violence restraining order, contempt and other DUI offenses.