Professional Wrestling Hall of Famer Tamara Lynn “Sunny” Sytch was involved in a fatal three-car crash in Florida and police are investigating a possible “deficiency”, authorities said.
Sytch, 49, was driving a 2012 Mercedes-Benz when she ran over a Kia that had stopped at a traffic light, police said in a statement Tuesday. The incident happened on North Yonge Street in the city of Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach, at 8:28 p.m. on March 25.
Kia driver Julian Lafrancis Lasseter, 75, died of his injuries, authorities said.
The impact caused Lasseter’s car to collide with a third vehicle, injuring the 46-year-old GMC Yukon driver 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 for an impaired driving investigation,” the police statement said.
The Mercedes-Benz was traveling at about 45 mph as it headed south on Yonge, just north of Granada Boulevard, where the speed limit is 45 mph, according to the traffic accident report.
“The investigation could lead to criminal charges, which are pending toxicology results,” police said. “OBPD has requested an expedited timeframe for processing these samples and results will be made available as soon as the department receives them.”
Sytch could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.
Since stepping out of the pro wrestling spotlight, Sytch has racked up a lengthy arrest record for various offenses including driving under the influence and violent threats.
A warrant for her arrest was issued on January 13 in connection with a domestic violence case in New Jersey. She raised a pair of “scissors in the air towards the victim”, while “threatening to kill him”, according to a complaint from Keansburg, New Jersey.
A Keansburg Municipal Court prosecutor could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday and it was unclear whether that case was still active.
She has been arrested at least six times for suspected drunk driving in Pennsylvania and New Jersey over the past seven years.
“Our hearts go out to the Lasseter family who lost a 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 roads safe, so if you see a vehicle driving in a manner that leads you to believe the driver may be intoxicated, feel free to call 911. You may just be saving someone’s life.
Sytch was a mainstay on the World Wrestling Federation and other circuits in the mid-90s and early 2000s. She played several “diva” roles which included a valet, on-air commentator and a wrestler herself.
“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, fast-talking manager who could throw when she needed to. In short, she was sexy, smart and powerful.”
Associated Press contributed.