Teen charged in Bramblett traffic crash

Published 6:00 pm Monday, July 1, 2019

AUBURN — The 16-year-old driver involved in the traffic crash killing Rod and Paula Bramblett has been charged with two counts of manslaughter.

According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Traffic Homicide Unit, Johnson Edward Taylor was traveling well above the posted 55 mph speed limit when the crash occurred. Additionally, the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences confirmed to the Auburn Police Department that Taylor had the presence of marijuana in his system, according to a news release from the department.

As a result, Taylor, who is from Auburn, was arrested Monday at his residence. Auburn police said he will be charged as an adult. He was then taken to the Lee County Jail and held on a $50,000 bond.

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At about 6:08 p.m. on May 25, Taylor’s 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee struck the back of the Bramblett’s 2017 Toyota Highlander. Rod Bramblett, 53, originally from Valley, and Paula Bramblett 52, originally from Lanett, were both airlifted from the scene and later died.

Rod Bramblett was the play-by-play commentator for several of the Auburn Tigers sport teams, including football and basketball, and was a 1984 graduate of Valley High School. Paula Bramblett worked at Auburn University in the information technologies department for 26 years and graduated from Lanett High School in 1985.

A funeral was held at Auburn University Thursday, May 30 in the Bramblett’s memory with Auburn officials and State Rep. Debbie Wood, R-Valley speaking.