Man sentenced in Washington County, TN after crash kills woman 3 years ago

WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) - A man connected to a woman's death in a crash more than three years ago learned his fate Thursday morning inside a Washington County, TN courtroom.

Brandon Pickering pleaded guilty to a vehicular homicide and was sentenced to serve 8 years in jail. He's required to serve one year in jail and 8 years on probation.

In addition, Washington County judge Lisa Rice ordered that Pickering's driving privileges be revoked for three years

Prosecutors said he had a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .08 and was driving at least 76 mph on May 20, 2012 when he lost control and crashed into a tree on New Victory Road – killing his passenger, Brittany Hankal.

The impact of the wreck severed Hankal's spinal cord, resulting in her death.

According to a Washington County indictment, Pickering was under the influence of a drug.

Pickering has been ordered to report to jail on September 25.

News Channel 11 was at Thursday's hearing. We'll have more details from the hearing beginning today on the news at Noon and at 5:00 p.m.

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