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Man, two youths remain hospitalized

October 26, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

gregs@herald-mail.com

An 18-year-old man and two youths remained hospitalized Monday following a Sunday pickup truck accident in Hagerstown.

Hagerstown City Police alleged that Liley Lee Gordon, 17, of 458 Park Place, was driving a Toyota pickup that was carrying seven passengers. Liley was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on $250,000 after a bail review hearing in Washington County District Court on Wednesday.

Gordon was charged with eight criminal counts in connection with the accident and its aftermath, according to charging documents filed Monday.

A passenger in the truck, Nevelle Pierre, 18, remained in Washington County Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Monday evening.

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Two other passengers in the truck remained hospitalized Monday. Their names and conditions were not released by police because their families asked that information not be released, Hagerstown Police Sgt. George Knight said.

Gordon is charged with one count each of carjacking, robbery, felony theft, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property and resisting arrest.

According to charging documents, Gordon was driving a Toyota pickup that was carrying seven passengers - two in the enclosed cab, five in the open bed.

Just before 10 p.m. Sunday, Gordon turned off Pennsylvania Avenue, taking Haven Road to Outer Drive, charging documents say. Witnesses told police they thought the truck had been speeding, charging documents say.

In the 1100 block of Outer Drive, Gordon lost control of the truck, which overturned, according to the documents.

All five passengers in the truck's bed were tossed onto the ground and pavement, police said in the court papers. Three were taken to Washington County Hospital.

After the accident, police said in the charging documents, Gordon began banging on the front door of a nearby home. When a resident answered, Gordon demanded to use the phone. When the resident would not allow Gordon to enter, Gordon struck the resident in the face with his fist, documents allege.

Gordon then found a motorist who had stopped his 2003 Honda Element near the accident to try to help, according to the documents.

Police said the driver and his son got out of the Honda, but when emergency vehicles began approaching, the driver got back in the car to move it. Gordon opened the sport utility vehicle's door and pulled the driver out, ripping his shirt, charging documents allege.

At 11:50 p.m., Gordon appeared at a waiting room in Washington County Hospital. Police who were already there told Gordon he was under arrest. He resisted and began kicking at police after he was handcuffed, police allege in charging documents.

Liley's next court date is Nov. 4, when he is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing.

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