Alcohol suspected in Ridge Road fatality

The state Highway Patrol suspects the driver in a Thursday morning crash on Ridge Road that killed a Monroeville man was under the influence of alcohol. Trooper Steve Drew, in his report released today, said there was a blood test performed on the driver, Timothy A. Brant, 26, of 330 Peru Center Road, Monroeville. Brant's brother and passenger, Michael D. Brant, 29, of 2612 Ohio 162, was pronounced dead at the scene by Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010


The state Highway Patrol suspects the driver in a Thursday morning crash on Ridge Road that killed a Monroeville man was under the influence of alcohol.

Trooper Steve Drew, in his report released today, said there was a blood test performed on the driver, Timothy A. Brant, 26, of 330 Peru Center Road, Monroeville. Brant's brother and passenger, Michael D. Brant, 29, of 2612 Ohio 162, was pronounced dead at the scene by Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood.

Two witnesses saw both men at a Benedict Avenue bar minutes before the crash, Lt. Jim Bryan said. One of the witnesses reported seeing Timothy Brant consuming alcohol, he added.

Test results for Brant won't be available until about four to six weeks after the patrol subpoenas hospital records, Bryan explained.

The driver, who was wearing his seat belt, was taken from the scene to the Medical University of Ohio Medical Center in Toledo. A Medical University spokesman said the hospital had a listing for Brant, but no condition was available this morning.

"I believe he has been released," Bryan said.

Brant was heading south on Ridge Road near South Norwalk Road about 2:15 a.m. Thursday when he failed to negotiate a curve. He went off the right side of the road and hit a guard rail and bridge, which ripped the 1993 Dodge Intrepid in half from front to back and ejected the passenger, Drew said.

A Norwalk firefighter estimated the passenger, Michael Brant, was thrown about 50 or 60 feet from the car. Troopers haven't determined if he was wearing a seat belt because of the damage to the Intrepid.

Earlier, Sgt. Mary Mack estimated both halves of the vehicle were about 100 feet apart from where the driver left Ridge Road. She said Timothy Brant, the driver, may have had internal injuries to his chest area.

Sgt. Anthony DeChoudens, who arrived first on the scene, spoke to Brant and "detected an odor of alcohol on him," Bryan said.

The post commander said a Mansfield-area trooper has been assigned as a crash reconstructionist to determine speed and make sure "all the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed" because of the severity of the crash.

No charges have been filed in Norwalk Municipal Court, and the investigation is ongoing.

"I'm waiting to hear back from the patrol," Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said.


T$Robinson (Ano...

OK, we are getting off the mark here , we are not here to determine who is acceptable in heaven , or hell or where they will spend eternal life , that is God's job to decide what they did or didn't do .. i think it is our objective to look at the facts and determin whether or not tim should be held accountable by the law for his crime of drinking and driving , speeding , and involuntary manslaughter..i am sure that he feels terrible about what he did , as he should, but that shouldn't excuse the punishment phase of his case .. he will probably be found guilty of most , if not all of the charges , and he should have to serve time for his actions doesnt matter whether or not he feels sorry , or remorseful for his actions , he needs to accept responsibility for what he did .. i am sure if you asked all of the convicts in the prisons .. probably well over 85% would say that they regret what they did to get them there , but that doesn't mean that we should set them free

Kim F. (Anonymous)

T$Robinson: Thank you. This is one of few comments that is to the point without being hurtful or negative. You are absolutely right, I'm sure most convicted inmates feel remorseful. If we set everyone free because they feel bad, what would be the point of having a judicial system? Hopefuly the courts will give him a fair trial and justice will be done.

redneck (Anonymous)

Yeah we need to teach them there Brants a lesson so they don't kill someone or something more important like my dog.

wish you knew (...

who made you guys to judge anyone your not the courts so say what should happen just keep your nose in you own family and stay out of anyone elses!!!!!!!!

me (Anonymous)

To: Wish you knew- It's so obvious that your related to them. Read over your comment. You make absolutley no sense.

to ME (Anonymous)

why don't you get a life

#1 me (Anonymous)

To Me: Very Good Job, you spelled everything correctly. Just a little FYI, it is my business if your family members are out there driving drunk and putting me and family in danger. How about we make a deal? I'll start minding my business when your family starts obeying the law. Do you tyhink that'll ever happen?!

to all who is t...

you guys must not have to much of a life to be sitting here talking about everybody elses life just grow up and get a life

to me (Anonymous)

well you talk about us not knowing how to spell look at your comment......what dose tyhink mean.....and that'll

to me (Anonymous)

when you say all the brants have a criminal background well i can name alot of people with the last name brant that dosen't even have a parking ticket or anything.......

r.i.p (Anonymous)

your family is in my prayers

#1 (Anonymous)

First of all you really are ignorant. That'll means that will! Maybe you dropped out of school in the 3rd grade so you might not have learned that! Oh and by the way, the correct spelling of does isn't dose. Sorry I had one typo, my bad.

to me (Anonymous)

well when you type so fast because people on this site is pissing you off you really dont care how you are spelling nobody is perfect so quit acting like you are so perfect!!!!......ok english teacher did i spell everything correctly??????????

#1 (Anonymous)

No you didn't. It should be are, not is, when you said people is pissing you off. And it should be no one, not nobody, is perfect. Better luck next time!

to#1 (Anonymous)

i don't care have fun tonight cause i am done with you.

#1 (Anonymous)

Can't handle the truth?

T$Robinson (Ano...

to "wish you knew" you asked us who we were to judge the law breakers , you also said that we were NOT the courts , well i hate to have to correct you , but in America , the government is the law , and as we learned in school , it is a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" so i'm sorry to say that we are all " the government " because we are "the people" and we are the judges, altimately

T$Robinson (Ano...

no all you are is trash how old are you? you really need to grow up

#1 (Anonymous)

Thank You T$Robinson, very well written!

the one written...

just to let you know #1 i wrote that to T$Robinson and its the same for you

#1 (Anonymous)

Actually I was talking about the comment from T$. Not the one saying everyone is trash, the one saying were the government. I can tell the comments you wrote, they speak with no intelligence.

T$Robinson (Ano...

just to let everyone know .. the statement about "we the people" was written by me, but the follow up comment about someone being "trash"and that someone needs to grow up ,etc. was NOT written by me .. someone used my surname, and made a bogus comment

#1 (Anonymous)

Yeah I knew it was from them. All you have to do is read it and you can tell it's not yours. Their so ignorant that they thought I was saying well written to that comment, I was talking about the government one you wrote.

~Jennifer~ (Ano...

It really breaks my heart to know that in a time of sorrow that people would throw such words out to hurt another. I personally know the so-called "Brant" family and the old saying Never Judge a Book By It's Cover... I feel that applies to this. A mans life was lost, a brother's life will never be the same. Does it really matter what we think should happen to this man?? Isn't that why we have a judicial system? I would like for everyone to know that my prayers are with each of you involved with this situation. The family, the friends, and yes even us online readers. We need to step back and stop judging one another and lets join one another to prevent this from happening to anyone elses family no matter what lastname or what class of our community they are from.

heartbreaker of...

I think people need to quiet talking so much trash.If you can walk on water , then you are perfect. And I don't know anyone that can do that , but Jesus himself.There's not one person in this world that can say they are perfect, so everyone out there PLEASE let this family rest. If you was in there shoes, then you would feel the pain. Let the State Highway Patrol do there job. Don't judge others, for you will be judged in the end. I am not saying this because I'm family, I'm saying this because it's true. Read your BIBLE.That's the problem in this world, people are always judging others and it SUCKS.GROW UP PEOPLE

Angel (Anonymous)

Everyone knows that he (mike) was a drunk and a crack head, I have no sympathy for him or Tim. Tim was just as big of a druggy as Mike. You reap what you sow, They got what they deserved for all the years they tortured innocent people. I hope Tim never sees the light of day again. He can rot in prison while Mike rots in HELL!

???/ (Anonymous)

you guys are so cruel .....sitting there talking like your so innacent...and nobody is

to angel (Anonymous)

i hope you do some praying for what you just wrote about someone that just pasted away what is wrong with you people? and why did you put myspace glitter graphics on this page???????R.I.P MIKE WE LOVE YOU

from his short ...

mike was a sweet person, mike is walk in pretty place now,i wish would people leave his family alone my heart go out for them.tim is nice person to he is my friend to,accident can happen,tim is not a killer, he love his brother mike, mike and tim party not alot i know them alone time, tim and mike have a nice family i know them they are nice family,god took a nice man from us,mike is angel,he is watch over his family everyday and night, mike like play card with his dad and mom to i wish give mike back on earth for his family god love mike to.mike was a care person to,mike had up and down to everyone,s love mike.tim and mike work together like brothers i know tim would hurt his brother mike and his family.i know tim is love care person to,somepeople didnt give mike chance let him show them his love to them god bless from a friend god love all people i pray everynight i ask mike watch over me and his family to

from angel is w...

i saw mike last night walk in heavenly gate with his family up there they are is so happy up there,mike told me tell me his family down here dont worried about him, mike dont want cried nomore,he is watch over you,ll mike knew it was time go with god home up there, mike is a star in a blue sky everynight please tell my dad im watch over him everyday and night,please tell tim i love him,tell tim it not his false,please tell tim im is his angel now.please tell my brothers ray and doug dont worried about me up here please tell my little sister im her angel up here, please tell my mom i love her so much and my little tabby to,please tell all family love them to,dad and mom dont never cried nomore im lay in peace now ,from your angel mike, my boby is there my soul with god now,god is good to me,im angel watch over you,ll now from your son mike i love u mom and dad,my family chain will link again