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.