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Teen charged in carjacking

October 25, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown juvenile is charged as an adult in connection with a Saturday carjacking that followed a crash that left several teens injured, the Hagerstown Police Department said.

Among the most seriously injured is a North Hagerstown High School graduate who won a state championship a few months ago.

Officers and emergency responders went to the 1100 block of Outer Drive amid reports of an overturned pickup truck just before 10 p.m., according to the Hagerstown Police Department. Police said several injured people were found on the ground around a truck that had landed on its roof during a one-vehicle accident.

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Police alleged in a news release that the group was "joy riding" in the parking lot of the Giant Eagle grocery store and continued driving on Pennsylvania Avenue and Haven Road prior to the vehicle losing control and flipping on its roof on Outer Drive.

Eight people were riding in the truck, including six in its rear bed, at the time of impact, according to police.

Police allege Liley Lee Gordon, 17, of 458 Park Place, was the driver of the truck when it crashed. Following the crash, Gordon allegedly tried to break into a nearby home and then stole a vehicle from a motorist who stopped at the scene of the crash to help, police said.

Hagerstown Police Lt. Richard Reynolds said Saturday that a black 2003 Honda Element sport utility vehicle was stolen in the incident.

Gordon was later taken into custody at Washington County Hospital, police said.

Gordon is charged with carjacking, robbery, theft more than $500, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest, according to police.

Gordon was being held Sunday evening at the Washington County Detention Center on $250,000 bond, a detention center spokeswoman said.

Reynolds had said seven people who were riding in the truck, a Chevrolet, were taken to Washington County Hospital with injuries.

Police said two passengers - Nevelle Pierre, 18, and a juvenile whose name was not released - were critically injured in the wreck.

Pierre was listed in critical condition at Washington County Hospital Sunday evening, a hospital spokesman said.

Pierre was the state champion in the Class 2A triple jump and high jump in May.

Sgt. George Knight said Sunday he was unaware of the conditions of any of the juveniles injured in the crash. Knight said two investigators working on the case were not available for comment late Sunday.

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