Former Wrestler Tammy Sytch Faces New Legal Issues in Fatal DUI Lawsuit

Former WWE wrestler Tammy Sytch, currently serving a 17-year prison sentence for DUI manslaughter, has been summoned as a witness in a lawsuit filed by Jana Olivova, a passenger injured in the same 2022 car crash that killed 75-year-old Julian Lasseter. The lawsuit, set to begin on July 8th in Florida, seeks damages exceeding $50,000 for Olivova's injuries and suffering caused by Sytch's negligence." This description focuses on the primary topic of the lawsuit, the main entities involved (Tammy Sytch, Jana Olivova, and Julian Lasseter), the context of the 2022 car crash in Florida, and the significant actions and consequences related to the case. It provides objective and relevant details that will help an AI generate an accurate visual representation of the article's content.

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Former Wrestler Tammy Sytch Faces New Legal Issues in Fatal DUI Lawsuit

Former Wrestler Tammy Sytch Faces New Legal Issues in Fatal DUI Lawsuit

Tammy Sytch, a former WWE wrestler already serving a 17-year prison sentence for DUI manslaughter, has been summoned as a witness in a lawsuit related to the fatal crash. The lawsuit, filed by Jana Olivova, a passenger in another car impacted during the March 2022 incident, seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

The crash claimed the life of 75-year-old Julian Lasseter when Sytch, who was driving while intoxicated, struck Lasseter's vehicle. Sytch originally pleaded not guilty but later changed her plea to no contest, indicating she did not accept blame but would not fight against a conviction. In November 2023, she was sentenced to serve time at a correctional facility in Florida until December 2039.

Olivova alleges that Sytch's negligence caused her to suffer various injuries, as stated in the lawsuit: "As a direct and proximate result of the negligence of Defendant, TAMARA SYTCH, Plaintiff, JANA OLIVOVA, suffered bodily injury including a permanent injury to the body as a whole, pain and suffering of both a physical and mental nature, disability, physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, aggravation of an existing condition, expense of hospitalization, medical and nursing care and treatment, loss of earnings, loss of ability to earn money and loss of ability to lead and enjoy a normal life."

The trial is scheduled to commence on July 8th before the Circuit Court of Volusia County, Florida. Olivova originally filed a suit against Sytch, her fiancé Pente, and her own insurance company, Geico, but an amended lawsuit filed in July 2023 lists Geico as the sole defendant. Sytch is listed as a witness who can testify regarding liability in the case, while Pente is not listed as a witness.

Sytch, known by her wrestling persona "Sunny," rose to fame in the 1990s as a manager and personality in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE). She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011. However, her post-wrestling life has been marred by legal troubles and substance abuse issues, with multiple arrests for driving under the influence.

In addition to the Olivova lawsuit, Sytch also faces scrutiny from a collection agency and a civil lawsuit from the estate of Julian Lasseter, although no scheduled hearings are currently set for the latter case. Sytch's public defender in Florida has initiated an appeal of her DUI sentencing, but as of now, no ruling has been issued.

Key Takeaways

  • Tammy Sytch, a former WWE wrestler, is summoned as a witness in a lawsuit related to a fatal DUI crash.
  • Sytch is serving a 17-year prison sentence for DUI manslaughter and is listed as a witness in the lawsuit.
  • The lawsuit, filed by Jana Olivova, seeks damages in excess of $50,000 for injuries sustained in the crash.
  • The trial is scheduled to commence on July 8th before the Circuit Court of Volusia County, Florida.
  • Sytch faces additional legal troubles, including an appeal of her DUI sentencing and a civil lawsuit from the estate of the crash victim.