Tammy Sytch, better known to WWE fans as Sunny, is being sued after her involvement in a car accident that proved fatal for a 75 year old man.
Sunny is no stranger to landing herself in legal trouble, having been arrested multiple times since the start of 2022. Back in January, the WWE Hall of Famer was arrested for terroristic threats and weapons charges, and she was taken into custody again in February for multiple charges. Both times, it was reported that she appeared to be under the influence.
On March 25th, she was involved in a car accident in which 75 year old Julian L. Lasseter tragically passed away. Police reports from the accident state that officers on the scene suspect she was under the influence of alcohol at the time. According to police documents, the accident occurred at about 8:28pm on March 25th on US Highway 1 in Volusia County, Florida.
The documents state that Sytch was driving a 2012 Mercedes when she collided into the rear of a 2013 Kia Sorento that was stopped at a traffic light. The Kia then crashed into a 2011 GMC Yukon that had also been stopped at the light. According to police, witnesses claim that Sunny was driving at a “high rate of speed” before the collision.
According to the police documents, the driver of the Kia (Lasseter) was taken to the hospital, where he later passed away from injuries as a result of the accident. Sytch was also transported to the hospital with undisclosed injuries. Documents state that the driver and passengers in the Yukon complained of multiple injuries but were not taken to the hospital as a result.
Now, according to a new report from PWInsider, the family of Julian Lasseter is suing both Tammy Sytch and her boyfriend James F. Pente for negligence. The lawsuit, which is seeking in excess of $30,000, reads as follows:
- Upon information and belief, on or about March 25, 2022, Defendant SYTCH was intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle owned by Defendant PENTE southbound on N. Yonge Street, at or near the intersection of W. Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach, Volusia County, Florida.
- Defendant SYTCH operated the motor vehicle with the consent, either express or implied, of Defendant PENTE.
- On or about March 25, 2022, Julian L. Lasseter was also operating a motor vehicle southbound on N. Yonge Street, at or near the intersection of W. Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach, Volusia County, Florida.
- At the time and place referenced in paragraphs 6 and 8 above, Defendant SYTCH negligently operated or maintained her motor vehicle so that it collided with the rear end of Julian L. Lasseter’s motor vehicle, causing severe and incapacitating injuries to Mr. Lasseter. These injuries resulted in his death on March 25, 2022.
In the lawsuit, Sunny is said to have been negligent, and her boyfriend is being determined “vicariously liable” for allowing her to drive his vehicle without a valid license. The family of Julian Lasseter is seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, and also states that Lasseter’s daughter “has suffered, and will suffer into the future, the loss of her father’s companionship, instruction, guidance, and mental pain and suffering as a result of her father’s death.”
According to the PWInsider report, Tammy Sytch has not yet been arrested in relation to this accident as authorities have been awaiting toxicology results before bringing forth criminal charges. She was named in the press release issued by the Ormond Country Police Department, but an official arrest has not taken place.
Neither Sunny nor her boyfriend have responded to the lawsuit at the time of this writing. Inside the Ropes will continue to report on the situation as developments arise.