The toxicology report for former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas shows that he was extremely drunk when he wrecked his car in a fatal, one-vehicle crash on September 20. Bironas had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .218% at the time of the crash – nearly three times the legal driving limit. Police previously said they did not suspect drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.
The Bironas family was informed of the news on Friday. Over the weekend, Bironas’ father Larry spoke with USA Today about the finding.
"It's a sad story: He drank too much and got in the car and it cost him his life," Larry Bironas said. "I don't condone drinking, and Rob knew that. … Why it happened? Why had he been drinking so much that night? Why did he get behind the wheel? I don't know. We'll probably never know. At the same time I have to have faith and believe that someone has a better place for him.”
Police say a small amount of valium was also in Bironas’s system at the time of his death. The amount was too small to have any effect on his motor functions, though.
Larry Bironas has a host of questions he wishes he could ask his son, but acknowledges he’ll never have the answers.
“It's hard,” he says. “From everyone I talked to, Rob was very particular about not getting behind a wheel in that condition. He had distanced himself from the party scene. He was at home on this night, so why was he drinking so much? Why did he choose to drive this time? I don't know. I can't get in his brain now."
Rob Bironas nearly ran two vehicles off the road before crashing into a tree on the night he died. Police are still investigating the details of the accident.
Sources: USA Today