Brendan Ryan Wilson, of the 1200 block of Gray Mare Hollow Road, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a news release from Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. The crash occurred at 3:35 a.m. as the 1995 Jeep Cherokee driven by Mr. Wilson collided with a tree on Silver Bluff Road near Jenifer Drive, Mr. Carlton stated.
Mr. Carlton stated that the chase began on Whiskey Road after Mr. Wilson reportedly failed to stop for a patrol car’s blue lights. Speed was considered a factor in the crash, and toxicology test results are pending. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, which marks the 21st fatal wreck in Aiken County this year.