Man, 39, died in York County crash down embankment near Rock Hill, officials say

A 39-year-old York County man was killed Thursday in a York County crash south of Rock Hill, officials said.

Michael Thomas of Edgemoor died in the crash, said York County Coroner Sabrina Gast.

The single-vehicle wreck happened at about 9 a.m. on Bechtler Road near Dunlap Roddey Road, said Lance Cpl. Gary Miller with the S.C. Highway Patrol. The crash site is near the Chester County line.

Thomas was driving a 2009 Nissan pickup truck and died at the scene, Miller said. Thomas was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the truck, Miller said.

The truck went off the left side of the road, hit a guardrail, then went down an embankment before striking trees, Miller said.

The York County fatality is the fourth in 2019. Three people died on New Years Day in two separate crashes.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.