Wreck kills Easley woman

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — An Easley woman died from injuries sustained in a car accident in Pickens on Jan. 3.

Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley said Sylvia Pettyjohn, 74, of Lucille Avenue, was pronounced dead at AnMed Health Cannon hospital following the accident.

According to a city of Pickens news release, the accident occurred at 5 p.m. on Pendleton Street, near Boothe Street.

The accident occurred when a Chevrolet SUV struck a Jeep Liberty from behind. The SUV then veered off and struck a utility pole across from Jefferson Street.

Pickens County EMS, Pickens city firefighters and Pickens police officers responded to the accident.

Pettyjohn died from blunt-force trauma, Kelley said. She was not wearing a seatbelt.

Two others in the Chevrolet were injured, the release said. One suffered a broken arm. The other, who had more serious injuries, was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the Jeep was treated and released from Cannon.

The accident is being investigated by the Pickens City Police Department, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Pickens County Coroner’s Office.