A press release from the Ormond Beach Police Department has revealed more about the latest arrest of Tammy Sytch (Sunny).
Sytch was arrested on May 6 for nine charges, one of which was DUI Manslaughter, after a traffic fatality incident on March 25 where 75-year-old Julian Lafrancis Lasseter died after it was believed Sytch had crashed into him and caused a three-car collision in Ormond Beach, Florida.
DUI Manslaughter is a felony in Florida, and if Sytch is convicted, she could face up to 30 years in prison, with the minimum sentence being four years.
Police believed Sytch was under the influence of alcohol at the time, but had been waiting for the results of a toxicology test before they made the arrest. She was bonded out of jail on May 7 when a bail bondsman put up 10% of her $227,500 bail, and court records show that James Pente, Sytch’s boyfriend, has put up his property as collateral.
The new press release has revealed that the test showed Sytch’s blood-alcohol level to be three-and-a-half times the legal limit while operating a motor vehicle.
The full press release is as follows (via PWInsider):
Date/Time: Friday March 25th @ approximately 8:28 p.m.
Location: United States Highway 1, just north of State Road 40
The Ormond Beach Police Department has arrested Tamara Lynn Sytch for causing the death of Julian Lafrancis Lasseter during a traffic crash on March 25th of this year.
Toxicology results of Ms. Sytch’s blood, taken by a search warrant served shortly after the time of the crash, have determined her blood-alcohol level to be 0.280 (g/100mL). This level is 3 ½ times the lawful blood-alcohol limit while operating a motor vehicle.
On Friday, May 7th, Ormond Beach Police Department investigators, with the assistance of the Office of the State Attorney – 7th Circuit, obtained an arrest warrant for Ms. Sytch, charging her with one (1) count of DUI causing death, one (1) count of causing death while operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, four (4) counts of DUI causing injury to a person, and three (3) counts of DUI causing damage to property, signed by Honorable Judge Schumann, with a total bond amount set at $227,500.
OBPD investigators located Ms. Sytch at the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach shortly before 10:00 p.m., and with the assistance of the Daytona Beach Police Department, she was arrested and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail without further incident. Mr. Lasseter’s family has been notified of these developments, and our heartfelt thoughts continue to be with them as we proceed through this process. Reports and other documentation will be available for release early next week.
OBPD also continues to diligently investigate data and leads to determine other contributing factors in this crash, and updates will be provided as those results become available. If you have any further information about this investigation, please contact Officer Rick Taylor at 386-677-0731.
Released by: Captain D.W. Smith, Operations Commander
Date Released: 05/07/2022
OBPD case#: 220300397
Lassetter’s estate has also filed a civil lawsuit against Sytch and her boyfriend James Pente, who, according to the Ormond Beach police report, is the registered owner of the car she was driving. The lawsuit is seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages.
Sytch is due in court on May 26, but that’s actually in relation to a separate arrest back in February where she faces 11 different charges.
We’ll keep you posted with any further updates on the situation.
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