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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022 8 months ago

Pro-wrestler involved in March 25 fatal three-car crash on U.S. 1

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Tamara Lynn Sytch, known by her ring name "Sunny," failed to stop around 8:28 p.m. while driving southbound on U.S. 1 just north of Granada Boulevard and crashed into a stopped vehicle.
by: Jarleene Almenas Senior Editor

A WWE Hall of Famer was involved in a fatal three-car crash on U.S. 1 on Friday, March 25, and Ormond Beach Police say the ongoing investigation may result in criminal charges.

According to a press release, Tamara Lynn Sytch, known by her ring name "Sunny," failed to stop around 8:28 p.m. while driving southbound on U.S. 1 just north of Granada Boulevard and crashed into a stopped vehicle, which then crashed into the vehicle in front of it. The driver of the vehicle hit by Sytch, identified as Julian Lafrancis Lasseter of Daytona Beach Shores, was transported to Halifax Health Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. 

Sytch, 49, was also transported to Halifax Health for treatment, but was later released. A search warrant was approved and executed to obtain a blood sample, which police are using to investigate if Sytch was impaired at the time of the crash. Toxicology results are pending. 

Tamara Lynn Sytch is known by her ring name "Sunny." Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

“Our hearts go out to the Lasseter family that lost their loved one in such a tragic event,” Ormond Beach Police Chief Jesse Godfrey said. “Our goal at the Ormond Beach Police Department is to keep city roadways safe, so if you see a vehicle operating in a manner that leads you to believe the driver may be impaired, please don’t hesitate to call 911. You may just save someone’s life.”

The driver and passengers in the third vehicle suffered injuries, but were not transported to the hospital, police report. 

OBPD states it has requested an expedited timeframe on the processing of Sytch's samples. The results will be made available once the department receives them. 

OBPD asks that those with any information about this crash contact Officer Rick Taylor at [email protected]

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