Member of the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Tamara Lynn “Sunny” Sytch was involved in a fatal three-car accident in Florida, and police are investigating her for possible “impairment,” authorities said.
Sytch, 49, was behind the wheel of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz when she ran over a Kia that was stopped at a traffic light, police said in a statement Tuesday. The incident happened at 8:28 p.m. on March 25 on North Yonge Street in the town of Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach.
The driver of the Kia, Julian Lafrancis Lasseter, 75, died from his injuries, authorities said.
The impact resulted in Lasseter’s car ramming into a third vehicle, injuring the 46-year-old driver of the GMC Yukon and a passenger, but they did not require hospitalization, police said.
Sytch was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center “and later released after a search warrant was approved and executed to obtain a blood sample to assess impairment,” the police statement said.
The Mercedes-Benz was traveling at about 45 mph while traveling on Yonge just south of Granada Boulevard where the speed limit is 45 mph, the traffic accident report said.
“The investigation may lead to criminal charges pending toxicology results,” police said. “OBPD has requested an expedited timeframe for processing these samples and results will be provided as soon as the department receives them.”
Sytch could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday.
In her days since leaving the pro-wrestling limelight, Sytch has amassed a lengthy arrest record for a variety of offenses, including drunk driving and violent threats.
On January 13, an arrest warrant was issued for her in connection with a domestic violence case in New Jersey. According to a complaint from Keansburg, New Jersey, she “raised a pair of scissors in the air at the victim” while “threatening to kill him.”
A prosecutor for Keansburg Municipal Court could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday, and it was not clear if the case was still active.
At least she got arrested six times for alleged drunk driving in Pennsylvania and New Jersey for the past seven years.
“Our hearts go out to the Lasseter family who lost their loved one in such a tragic event,” Ormond Beach Police Chief Jesse Godfrey said in a statement.
“Our goal at the Ormond Beach Police Department is to keep the city’s streets safe. So if you see a vehicle operating in a manner that leads you to believe the driver may be impaired, please do not hesitate to call 911. You can just save someone’s life.”
Sytch was a mainstay in what was then the World Wrestling Federation and other circuits in the mid ’90s and early 2000s. She played several “diva” roles, including ring attendant, on-air commentator, and wrestler.
“Sytch will forever be remembered as the person who redefined the role of women in WWE,” according to her Hall of Fame profile. “She was a pin-up, a fast-talking executive and could get carried away when she had to. In short, she was sexy, smart, and powerful.”
Associated Press contributed.