Car wreck claims life of local man

A Monroeville man was killed and his brother was injured during an accident that ripped a car in half early this morning on Ridge Road. The passenger, Michael D. Brant, 29, of 2612 Ohio 162, was pronounced dead at the scene by Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood. It's unknown if he was wearing a seat belt because of the damage to the right side of the vehicle.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010


A Monroeville man was killed and his brother was injured during an accident that ripped a car in half early this morning on Ridge Road.

The passenger, Michael D. Brant, 29, of 2612 Ohio 162, was pronounced dead at the scene by Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood. It's unknown if he was wearing a seat belt because of the damage to the right side of the vehicle.

Norwalk Fire Capt. William Knadler estimated Brant was thrown about 50 or 60 feet from the 1993 Dodge Intrepid driven by Timothy A. Brant, 26, of 330 Peru Center Road, Monroeville.

Knadler was one of 11 firefighters who assisted North Central EMS and established a landing zone for the medical helicopter which took Timothy Brant, who was wearing his seat belt, to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo. There was no further information from the hospital or the state Highway Patrol on his condition this morning.

Sgt. Mary Mack said Timothy Brant sustained what may have been internal injuries to his chest area.

Knadler said the back half of the Intrepid looked like it was torn through the passenger area and the front section had part of the passenger side ripped off.

"The car was so torn up, it was kind of hard to tell," he said, adding that it appeared the vehicle probably hit a bridge abutment at an angle on the passenger side.

Timothy Brant was heading south on Ridge Road near South Norwalk Road about 2:15 a.m. today when he failed to negotiate a curve. He went off the right side of the road and hit a guardrail and bridge, which ripped the Intrepid in half from front to back and ejected the passenger, troopers said.

Mack said both halves of the vehicle were about 100 feet apart on the same side of the road where the driver left Ridge Road. No charges have been filed in the ongoing investigation.


me (Anonymous)

Stop accusing him of a crime he didn't do? WHAT? You have to be kidding. This kid committed a crime and he needs to be punished for it. In fact, I hope they throw the book at him.

And to Friend of Family: Yes it is our business. Everytime someone gets behind the wheel of a car drunk, its everybody's business. Stop being so stupid.

T.$ Robinson (A...

to Sharon and the entire family , first of all i do sympathize with the tragic loss of life to your family , But the way that you state the facts , you say that Timothy was injured , and his brother lost his life .. this statement is not exactly true .. Timothy in fact Hurt himself and his brother, and his brother was killed by the bad judgement , and law breaking actions of both of the Brant boys !
Every action has a reaction , it's a basic law of science , and when you choose to drink to excess ,and drive, then you must suffer , and accept the consequences of your actions. Sharon , it sounds like you have enough family problems of your own to handle , with all of your brothers dui's and all , and thank God he hasn't taken anyone s life , but i hope that your brother is behind bars for the safety and well being of all of the innocent drivers , who arent doing anything wrong , only to be plowed over by a drunk driver.
And please Sharon, the next time that you offer us all a few "words of wisdom" also remember that you are sometimes wisest of all if you keep your mouth shut.

Are you kidding...

Does anyone outside the family think punishment (prison time) isn't necessary here?
Yes it is, and a stiff prison sentence should be imposed, if Timothy Brant is found guilty of any of the charges brought before him.
Some inside sources tell me if convicted, he's facing years, not months in prison.
He and the rest of the family should be thanking their lucky stars that no one else was hurt or killed.
And by the way...YES IT IS OUR BUSINESS! If you want to kill yourself fine, but don't endanger the rest of us.
I'm sorry for your loss, but these two have a bad track record, and they had no business being in a car that night.
I'm just wondering how many other times they were in a vehicle while impaired?
BTW...I can honestly say I've never behind the wheel while impaired.

sharon (Anonymous)

Maybe you should practice what you preach there Robinson...and no, my brother is not behind bars. He's done time each and every time he got another DUI. He is a perfect example, incarceration is not the anwser, or else he would not have 25 DUI's in Ohio??? Isn't another name for prison, Rehabilitaion and Corrections...but where is the rehablitation. If locking someone away for drinking were the anwser then why are there so many repeat offenders out there. I do not have the anwser's. I do not think drinking and driving is ok, not at all. I have never done it so I don't fully understand why people do it? I do have a heart though and I feel bad for the family during this time. This is not the time for everyone's harsh words about the Brant brother's and their past problems. What is that solving or proving?? All you people are doing is hurting these poor parents. Don't you think they have enough to deal with at this time? I do, so get off the comment page with all your harsh and unnessary comments. Would you like to be in there shoes and have to see all this being aired for everyone to see, I think not. What goes around comes be careful what you say and how you judge people that you have no business judging.

sharon (Anonymous)

As I just posted on "Alcohol suspected", Same goes for this comment page, I am no longer going to be a part of this. I am not going to be a part of you lynch mob against this family. You should all get a life and worry about whats going on in your own families lifes. You must have such pitiful lifes of your own if this is all you can do is sit online and ridicule another family. To the Brants..God bless you all and my prayers are with you, and you should not be on here. Don't give these people a reason to keep ridiculing you. Don't try to defend yourselves to these types of people, you are better than that. Just take care of each other and love each other.


u don`t have to feel sorry for tim cause he might of not been the driver cause all of his injures on the the passeger side not driver and the cops think there was a 3 rd person and thta he might been driver so please stop talking about my family cause u don`t know them unless u have something to say nice thank you

Bill (Anonymous)

Well, most of us know the Brants well. All you have to do is read the police section of the newspaper, and you can always find a Brant in it. That's why they don't see anything wrong with what's just the kind of family most of them are...trouble. And I hope, but it's doubtful, that maybe they will learn something from it. I'm not counting on it. And they might be loving to each other, but if you get one of them mad, the whole family will come and kick your butt.

fed up with bra...

Bill is exactley right, we all know the Brants! I think he put it best when he said this is "normal behavior" for this family. It figures that they are defending a person accused of drunk driving and taking anothers life. I don't belive for a second that there was another person involved. The car ripped in half, how did this mistery man manage to get out with no injuries and put Tim in the drivers seat with his belt on? I also have "inside information" and the police don't buy it either. This is an idea the family came up with to save Tim from prosecution. We'll all know the truth about the speed and drugs/alcohol involved soon enough. I'm glad that he took the life of a family member instead of an innocent person.

i agree (Anonymous)

fed up I agree with you on this, it's hard enough on the parents. Now to have the rest of the family coming up with ways to blame someone else. Did this 3rd person just disappear with no injuries, there is no way another person would have made it thru all that with nothing wrong with them. Its just a wild attempt to cover up and accuse someone else. Lets hope this all just ends soon.

lori (Anonymous)

to all who is leaving bad comments about my family our family is going through hard times and we should not have to read stuff like this do you people have a hart i dont think so if you people have something bad to say leave your comments to yourself THANK YOU the brant girl

disgusted citiz...

Did you ever think that his injuries on the right side may be from when the car was ripped in half? I'm sure the bridge roughed him up a bit. There was noone else in the car, I was the first one at the scene and I would have seen them. I was right behind him when the accident happend. So if your going to make up a story, next time make sure that there isn't anyone to tell the truth!

mikes aunt (Ano...

if you were behind them were you there when the cops got there?

jennifer (Anonymous)

i'm glad i'm out of ohio cuz living in the small towns down there the police departments and the papers print everything even if it ain't in michigan they don't.i do get the news on the computer from here in michigan is real different the laws exspecially.but my heart goes out to the family i did go to school with some of the cousins.let mike rest in peace.i had a friend in high school that was car surfing and the driver never got prison out of killing my friend.everyone should be forgiven for their mistakes everyone makes mistakes.just ask the guy up above for the forgiveness.only time will tell.god bless u all in the family at this time of sadness.

To all you Dram...

To all who think they know it all. Yeah so the Brant family has earned their names. If people like you didnt run there mouth then noone would have to worry about getting there a$$ kicked. They look out for one another as im sure most of us would. If someone messed with my brother, sister or cousin you better believe it i would be there in a min. Just like the brant's. But to all of you who have nothing better to do than talk $hit about the brants believe it or not your time is coming, and wait till everyone is one here trashing your family. Everyone has mistake's in the past and im sure each and every one of us will make misakes in the future. So grow up and let Mike rest in peace and the Brant family and friends grieve over a lost loved one.

mikes aunt lori...

thank you so much your comment was the best i read yet you are a very sweet person.

The one who wro...

Lori i know all alot of the Brant's! They are great people. Each and every one of them that i have met. I Think its horrible to get online to read this article and have to read all these damn people bashing the family. Yes i understand THe terms of use Comment up there but its doesnt mean to get on here and bash a family like most of these people have. R.I.P Michael Brant.

me (Anonymous)

They are great people? If you check with the Norwalk Municipal Court, Timothy has 19 criminal convictions (last one being in June '07) and Michael had 58 criminal convictoins! Yeah, they're great people alright.

T. $. Robinson ...

Sharon , i know that you said that you were done commenting on this story , but before you go , i would like to correct you on some of your points of contention ... you seem to think that another word for jail is rehabilitation ?? well it is not .. it is better put that another word for jail is punishment ! that is what it is all about .. paying for your crime ! the Brant boy that was behind the wheel was obviously speeding , and drunk , and he killed someone , so he must be punished .. by being put in jail . you people also state that it was a mistake and that everyone makes mistakes , well then , why dont we just open all the jails and prisons and let everyone out free, they all made mistakes , so why should they or anyone have to be punished for a simple mistake , that's about the most rediculious logic that i have ever heard , except for the statement that someone else was driving the car !!! PLEASE!!! i am just thankful that no innocent people were hurt or killed in the accident .it is tragic that anyone was hurt and killed , but if it has to be someone , i am thankful that they didn't plow into an innocent car with innocent people in it who may have been hurt or killed through no fault of their own.And Sharn , you seem stuck on the fact that jail doesn't work , because your brother has 25 dui's in ohio !!maybe you are right, maybe jail is not the answer for repeat offenders , maybe the answer is to cut off some of the offenders limbs , like fingers and toes , then hands and feet and if they continue to drink and drive take off their arms and legs !! it is pretty hard to drive without arms and legs !!No one shoul have 25 dui's and be a free man !! he should be behind bars for a long time .. if your brother drinks and drives and hurts any of my loved ones , and i find out that he had 25 dui's , i would be suing the courts , and the state , and your family for everything that you have , because he is too self important to think that the law is talking to him ,isn't that what this country went through with the paris hilton incident? she felt that the laws weren't made for her to obey either , and look how the country's anger turned toward her .. RIP Mr Brant , but i guess it is true .. if you live by the sword, you die by the sword !

AMEN (Anonymous)

AMEN, T.$. Robinson, you said it well!!

The Oldest Sist...

Nobody has died and left none of you people God so quit your judging people. This world is sooo cruel and mean the Brants are not the bad a$$ you people make them out to be . And we dont want or need anybody to feel sorry for us we have eachother and theres enough of us to comfort eachother. So let the police do their job and just leave your nasty comments to yourself we dont need to hear it. I would never wish this on nobody and if you were going through this you would be the same way. Im sure everyone of you have atleast one routy person in your family somewhere and do you bash them? If you do than you are as heartless as your comments sound.

me (Anonymous)

Believe me, nobody here feels sorry for you.

me (Anonymous)

Let me change what I said earlier. Under the name "Brant" in the court's docket, there are 725 entries. I'm not sure if each and every one is related. I bet most of them are. Thats alot of criminal convictions.

some body (Anon...

hello me dont you have any thing better to do than trash talk people you probably dont have the guts to say any of this to their faces let me guess what kind of a person you are you spend the majority of you day on your computer mostly on pooorn sites and try to be a computer tuff guy do us all a favor and go drive off a cliff some where

me (Anonymous)

You can tell the comments the Brants leave because they can't even spell, which just confirms the fact that most don't even graduate.

Not all Brants ...

While my last name is Brant I take offense to some of the comments that all Brants are the same.It is a sad thing what this family is dealing with. Seems time to move on.

sharon (Anonymous)

to me....and what is your last name so we can look up your family name on the court website. And if you look closely you will see they have all court related dockets on those pages with the exception of muni court. What a boring pitiful life you must have. Is this all you do all day is look up people's names in the court dockets...get a life....and now you even judge them becuase of a few typo's, if they are like me when they are upset they hit the wrong letter, big deal, guess I didn't graduate either or I must be related to them ...right..know it all...maybe your name is God because you sure the hell try to act like you are

Some one who kn...

TO:-don'tdrinkanddrive, just_me, MADD, Cell phone user ,Throw the book, me, t$. Robinson,fed up with brants,faithanna-niece to sadd, SADD, Bill, Amen, and Are you Kidding-

Im sure you have done some illegal things. That doesn't explain what was in the mans heart. He would do anything and everything for the people he cared about. Even you if he saw you were in trouble. The law takes the constitution and switches it around for us to be their content little robots. If you go against it your defined a "criminal" and thats messed up. You here the word criminal and you run for the hills not knowing what they are really like or if they even did it. Judgment is what it all comes down to. And you dont have the right to judge mikey or his family. Tim would never hurt him. As im sure you would never hurt your sibling. They are a family too. They care, protect, and stand by their family just as you would. Tim wasnt so badly hurt (dont get me wrong he was hurt but not the extent of mikey) it was like Tim had a bubble around him and it was just mikeys time to go. THE CAR WAS SPLIT IN HALF PEOPLE. Tim should have been dead too but, it was just mikeys time. Gods wake-up call to Tim and everyone around here. Why scrutinize Gods messenger. Ask someone who goes to the bar if this story doesnt scare them. It could have happened to anyone. ANYONE - Picture this (anyone you love can be the driver)

July 4th your at a get together and there is an emergency at your house with your kids. You and whose ever with you, have had a "little bit" to drink but they're your kids so you decide to go home. You try to call a cab but you live to far out and a cab wont take you way out there at 2:00 am. So you go the only way you can to get out there- DRIVE. On your way home you wreck. You or the other person has not had a run in with the law before. You die and the driver is hurt.

What is going to happen to the driver?

the only thing different about the driver in this story and what happend to them is that
-They have priors
-and werent going home FOR their kids. They were just going home.

Whether they had priors shouldnt matter. It was an accident. An unplanned event.

Your comments are just out to hurt people and thats planned. It makes you worse. Shame Fuc**n on you.
When you judge your tamperin with peoples hearts and soul. God took mikey away in body but not spirit. He is still with everyone he loves (Tim) and cares about. You people are trying to judge Tim and Mikeys soul on what little you know about them. You should feel ashamed. Really. - Rachel

Throw the book- I know David Tiffany and Jessie ALL of which were in that car. This is ridiculous too. They should have deemed her bad driver instead of throwing her in prison for 2 years. I cared for David also but damn the law gets a bit ridiculous with the throwin them in prison. And its all to make you people happy and to feel "safe". (BULLSHIT) What threat did she put on society before that. NONE- she was a high school girl. PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY "WELL IT COULD HAVE BEEN SOME INNOCENT PERSONS LIFE IN ANOTHER CAR" but it wasnt- so let it go. If it didnt happen then dont judge her on what "could" of happend. If you go through something that traumatizing you learn your lesson. your not a killer. Its just a bad day and a bad choice. When she gets out she'll be turning 22. didnt finish high school because they put her in prison. This will be on EVERY application she fills out and for what. All the government wants to do is make you people FEEL "safe". They want to make sure people get justice and blah blah blah. You all here their sentence and think "good, they deserved that" you forget all about them and what happened. They however have to pick up a shattered life and make the best of it while society shoots them down for being a "criminal" BULLSHIT

Karma will come back down on your judgments. Just think about all the nasty things you have said. ALL of you should apologize to the FAMILY of Mike Brant. And may you always be judged how you judge others.

All my love goes to you Brant Family


You people who speak of people killed and injured should be ashamed of yourself!! Who cares what they have done, or what last name they have. What a sad exsistance you all must have to speak of the dead in such a way. You one day will be judged for doing such. Have YOU never done wrong? Everyone makes mistakes!!! I am sure there families would be heartbroken to read such filth!! Please find some kind of hapiness in you life. You are sad, COLD people
I will pray for you all.

sharon (Anonymous)

to me..I looked on the court docket and I seen 117 cases and 24 of them were criminal...where do you get your numbers. 725 cases..about as fictional as you are..get your facts straight before you post them, or are you just right out lying..sounds like you have a personal grudge against this family,

...... (Anonymous)

Jeff you did all you could. There was no third person in the car.