AL.com reports that Auburn announcer Rob Bramblett and his wife, Paula, were killed in a crash involving a teen driver. The accident happened on Saturday at the intersection of Shug Jordan Parkway and West Samford Avenue.
According to Auburn police, the 52-year-old Bramblett and his wife were riding in a 2017 Toyota Highlander. A 16-year-old driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee hit the Bramblett vehicle from behind. The teen suffered from non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital.
Rod Bramblett was airlifted to UAB Hospital, where he suffered from a critical closed head injury. Bramblett succumbed to his injury in the hospital. Paula Bramblett was also airlifted but was diverted to another hospital. The severity of her injuries required that she be sent to Alabama Medical Center. She died while being treated for multiple internal injuries while in the emergency department.
Authorities have stated that they do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash. However, the crash remains under investigation.
Bramblett had been broadcasting Auburn baseball games since 1993. In 2003, he was named Auburn’s lead broadcaster.
Because of their lack of experience driving, motor vehicle accidents remain the biggest cause of death for teen drivers. According to the CDC, in 2016, 2,433 teenagers aged 16-19 were killed in auto accidents. A further 292,742 were injured and had to be treated in emergency departments. Males are twice as likely to be killed than their female counterparts. Compared with those who have had their license for a couple of years, teens aged 16-17 have a more than double fatal crash per mile driven rate than teens who are 18-19. Another factor in this is that teens have lower rates of seatbelt use than any other age group.
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