16-year-old charged with manslaughter in crash that killed beloved Auburn sports announcer, wife

Updated: Jul. 1, 2019 at 4:15 PM EDT
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AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) - Auburn police have arrested a 16-year-old involved in the crash that killed the ‘Voice of the Auburn Tigers’ Rod Bramblett and his wife, Paula.

Johnston Edward Taylor, of Auburn, was taken into custody on July 1 and charged with two counts of manslaughter.

The May 25 crash claimed the life of Rod & Paula Bramblett, 53 and 52 respectively, on Shug Jordan Pkwy. near W. Samford Ave.

Auburn police say they received a report from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Traffic Homicide Unit on June 28 confirming that Taylor’s vehicle was traveling well over the 55 mph speed limit at the time of the crash.

Court documents revealed that Taylor’s 2011 Jeep Cherokee Laredo was accelerating from 89 mph to 91 mph, with no signs of any braking, at the time of the crash.

A toxicology report confirmed that marijuana was present in Taylor’s system at the time of the accident.

The 16-year-old driver initially reported to police that he had fallen asleep behind the wheel.

Taylor is being charged as an adult. He was taken to the Lee County Jail and later posted a $50,000 bond.

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