Carjacking suspect dies in crash

March 10, 2003

BOWIE - A 20-year-old Bowie man died early yesterday after he crashed in a car he had allegedly carjacked moments earlier, police said.

The man, identified yesterday afternoon as Michael Graham, was one of two people who approached a 40-year-old newspaper deliveryman near Norwegian Court and Nomad Drive about 3:40 a.m. and asked for a newspaper, Prince George's County police said.

As the deliveryman got a paper from his burgundy Toyota Corolla, one of the men claimed to have a weapon and ordered him away from the car, police said. Graham drove off in the Corolla while the second suspect got into a gray or silver Cadillac that investigators believe they drove to the scene of the carjacking, police said.

Officers caught up with the cars on Central Avenue and pursued them for about a mile before the driver of the Corolla lost control and crashed into a tree in the 3000 block of Lottsford Vista Road, police said.

Officers stopped to help Graham, who was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

The driver of the Cadillac drove away and eluded capture, police said.

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