A grand jury in Lee County has indicted Johnston Edward Taylor in connection with last year’s crash that claimed the lives of Rod and Paula Bramblett.
The 16-year-old will be arraigned on January 31 and his trial by jury is set for May 4.
The deadly crash occurred on May 25, 2019. Taylor’s bond was revoked in December and his lawyer said he was sent to a treatment facility.
The teen’s bond was revoked after he got two speeding tickets and a reckless driving citation in the months following the fatal accident.
At the time of the crash, Taylor was driving his jeep Laredo at 89 miles per hour and still speeding up when he crashed into the back of the Brambletts SUV. His blood sample showed he was under the influence of marijuana when the collision occurred just after 6 p.m.
Taylor was traveling southbound on Shug Jordan Parkway and approaching West Samford Avenue. The Brambletts had stopped their 2017 Toyota Highlander in the southbound outside lane at a traffic light.
The Jeep struck their vehicle to the right of center, and the impact caused the Jeep to smash into a pedestrian crossing signal and a traffic light pole before it came to a stop.
Meanwhile, the couple’s vehicle was pushed into the intersection and through the opposing lanes before stopping on the curb.
Taylor was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries following the crash.
However, 53-year-old Paula Bramblett suffered multiple internal injuries and was pronounced dead in the emergency room at East Alabama Medical Center.
Her 52-year-old husband who was driving the vehicle died from a closed head injury at UAB Hospital in Birmingham.
If you or a loved one suffered in a crash caused by a reckless or intoxicated driver, contact an Alabama personal injury lawyer for advice.