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Authorities have determined from car data and other evidence that the 16-year-old driver who on May 25 smashed into “Voice of the Auburn Tigers” sports radio broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula, killing both, was traveling 89-91 mph at the time of the crash.

A report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Traffic Homicide Unit included the speed and also provided information indicating that Johnston Edward Taylor’s vehicle was not braking prior to the crash, according to the affidavit filed in court documents obtained Tuesday by the Opelika-Auburn News.

The posted speed limit for the section of Shug Jordan Parkway where the crash occurred is 55 mph.

The Auburn Police Division received the agency’s report Friday.

Taylor was arrested Monday on arrest warrants charging him with two counts of manslaughter, Auburn police said Monday afternoon.

Additionally, a toxicological analysis report from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences indicated that Taylor’s blood sample contained THC, the affidavit states.

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.

The Auburn Police Division received the toxicological analysis report Monday.

Police obtained a search warrant for both vehicles. That allowed access to their Electronic Data Recording Modules following the crash. The data was extracted from both vehicles and was analyzed by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the affidavit says.

A sample of Taylor’s blood was collected while he was at East Alabama Medical Center for the injuries he sustained in the crash. The blood sample was submitted to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for analysis, said the affidavit.


Auburn police have arrested and charged the 16-year-old juvenile in connection to the May 25 crash that killed "Voice of the Auburn Tigers" sports broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula.

Johnston Edward Taylor, of Auburn, was arrested on warrants Monday charging him with two counts of manslaughter, Auburn police said Monday afternoon in a news release.

Investigation revealed Taylor’s vehicle was traveling over the speed limit posted and drugs were present in his system at the time of the crash.

Auburn police received a report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Traffic Homicide Unit on Friday “confirming Taylor’s vehicle was traveling at an excessive rate of speed, well over the posted 55 mph speed limit, when the crash occurred,” police said.

Additionally, Auburn police received the toxicology analysis report from the Alabama Department of Forensic Science on Monday, which confirmed the presence of marijuana in Taylor’s system, police said.

Both of the Brambletts died following the crash from their injuries. Rod was 53 and Paula was 52.

Taylor was charged as an adult, per the Alabama Criminal Code 12-15-204, and was taken into custody at his residence in Auburn. Taylor was taken to the Lee County Jail where he was held until posting a $50,000 bond. 

The two-vehicle crash, which occurred in Auburn on Shug Jordan Parkway at the traffic signal at West Samford Avenue, involved an SUV driven by the Brambletts and an SUV driven by Taylor.

Taylor told police he fell asleep while driving and did not remember what happened, according to the traffic crash report filed by the Auburn Police Division and released in June to the Opelika-Auburn News after an open-records request was filed.

Rod Bramblett was the well-known "Voice of the Auburn Tigers," having broadcast Auburn athletic events for many years. Wife Paula worked in an IT department at Auburn University.

The Brambletts were remembered in a memorial service May 30 in Auburn Arena.

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