Driver killed in Barnwell County crash involving car rollover: officers

One person was killed Friday when a car left the road and struck multiple objects, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The Barnwell County Coroner’s Office said 21-year-old Barnwell resident Bryce Tolliver was the victim, WJBF reported.

According to Master Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway of the Highway Patrol, the single-vehicle crash occurred around 7:40 p.m.

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Tolliver was driving a 2009 Chevrolet sedan west on Patterson Mill Road, Ridgeway said. At the intersection with Cashew Drive, the Chevy ran off the right side of the road, then corrected and swerved across all lanes and off the left side of Patterson Mill Road, Ridgeway said.

The Chevy then crashed into an embankment and rolled over before hitting several trees, Ridgeway said.

The coroner’s office said Tolliver was thrown from the car, WRDW reported.

Tolliver was airlifted to a hospital in Augusta, Georgia, where he died, according to Ridgeway.

No other injuries were reported.

It was not said whether Tolliver was wearing a seat belt.

Information about what originally caused the Chevy to leave the road was not available, but the crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

At least 357 people had died on South Carolina roadways through May 22 in 2024, according to the state Department of Public Safety. Last year, 1,030 people died in accidents in South Carolina, DPS reported.

At least seven people have died in crashes in Barnwell County in 2024, according to DPS data. There were five deaths reported in the county in 2023, DPS said.


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