Teen involved in fatal crash that took Rod Bramblett's life ticketed multiple times since accident
The teen involved in the fatal crash that killed Auburn radio voice Rod Bramblett, and his wife, Paula, has been stopped multiple times since, for additional speeding and dangerous driving. The local district attorney is working to have bond revoked.
That reporting comes from Sara Palczewski of OAnow.com, who spelled out multiple incidents for the 16-year-old behind the wheel of the Bramblett crash, Johnston Edward Taylor of Auburn. Taylor has been charged as an adult with two counts of manslaughter-reckless in connection to the crash that killed the Brambletts. Investigators claim he plowed into the Brambletts’ vehicle traveling 89-91 mph.
Taylor’s first citation, over the stretch of two days (Nov. 24-25), stemmed from when an Auburn police officer clocked a black Kia Optima traveling 68 mph in a 45 mph zone in the area of South College Street and South Donahue Drive around 7:20 a.m. Nov. 24, according to the motion.
Taylor was driving the vehicle at the time and told officers “he was speeding because his girlfriend was having an anxiety attack,” according to a special Auburn Police Division court report obtained by the Opelika-Auburn News.
Taylor also told the officer that he was the person who “accidentally crashed into the Brambletts,” the report reads. The officer did not know of Taylor’s involvement in the crash. Taylor was stopped again in Auburn about 26 hours later in the area of Annaleu Drive near Burke Place, according to the motion.
An Auburn police officer observed a black sedan, later identified as a 2016 Kia Optima SX Turbo, traveling 62 mph in a 35 mph zone on Annaleu Drive near Burke Place at about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 25, according to police.
The officer later observed the vehicle accelerating “at a high rate of speed, spinning tires and going into oncoming lane of traffic and fish-tailing,” the report reads.
The officer issued Taylor citations for speeding and reckless driving. When the officer went back to the vehicle with the citations he could smell marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, the report states.
The OANow.com report also noted that a toxicology analysis report following the Bramblett crash from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences indicated a blood sample from Taylor contained THC. THC “is the primary psychoactive component of marijuana and is indicative of recent usage of marijuana at the time of the collision on May 25,” the affidavit reads.