UPDATE: According to Edgefield County Sheriff Jody Rowland, deputies initiated a traffic stop after observing traffic violations on Yonce Pond Road in the Johnston area of Edgefield County.

Initially, the vehicle stopped but only to let a female passenger out of the car and as deputies attempted to approach the car the driver sped off at a high rate of speed.

The driver, later identified as 35-year-old Brandon Antonio Pickeral of Edgefield County, lost control of the vehicle causing a roll over crash ejecting Pickeral from the vehicle.

Pickeral died at the scene and an autopsy is being scheduled.

During the investigation a quantity of Methamphetamine and Marijuana was found to be in Pickeral’s possession.

This incident is currently being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.


EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) — One person is dead following a crash in Edgefield County.

Troopers say the incident happened on Friday, December 16, at 11:45 p.m.

The driver of a car was traveling north on Yonce Pond Rd, 1.8 miles south of Johnston, attempting to elude law enforcement, lost control of the vehicle, went off the left side of the road, struck an embankment, and overturned.

We’re working to learn more about the events before this collision, as well as the victim’s identity.

Count on NewsChannel 6 to keep you updated on this developing story.