WWE Hall of Famer sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for fatal DUI crash

On March 25, 2022, while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Tamara Sytch caused a three-car crash on North Yonge Street, killing a 75-year-old man.

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A former pro-wrestler who caused a fatal three-car crash in Ormond Beach in 2022 was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison on Monday, Nov. 27.

WWE Hall of Famer Tamara Sytch, 50, was sentenced to 17.6 years in prison followed by eight years of probation, according to a press release. Sytch pled in August to driving without a license with death, DUI manslaughter, four counts of DUI with damage to person and two counts of DUI with damage to property.

“I am hopeful that today’s outcome will ease the pain inflicted upon the victim’s family and friends,” Ormond Beach Police Chief Jesse Godfrey said. “The hard work that the officers, civilian employees and prosecutors did to ensure that justice was served today is commendable. I am proud of the team that helped get this dangerous and reckless person off of our streets.”

On March 25, 2022, while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Sytch was driving at a high speed on North Yonge Street in Ormond Beach and crashed into the rear end of the victim’s vehicle, which was stopped at a red traffic light. This caused the victim’s vehicle to collide with another vehicle in front of him.

The 75-year-old victim died at the scene from his injuries. The driver and three passengers from the third vehicle involved were treated for minor injuries.

Sytch’s Blood Alcohol Concentration an hour after the crash was between 0.32 and 0.34, which is more than four times the legal limit, the press release states. She also had an unsealed bottle of vodka in her vehicle and marijuana in her system.

“The defendant’s history of drinking and driving is horrendous," State Attorney R.J. Larizza said. "She was Death On Wheels. It was only a matter of time before her drunk driving killed an innocent and unsuspecting individual.”


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