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Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Two who died in crash after police chase identified

D.C. police released the identities of two men who died early Sunday in Northeast Washington in a car accident that followed a police chase.

Police said Thaddeus Alphonso Howard, 19, and William Kurland Joseph Adams IV, 18, both of Northwest Washington, died after the driver of the minivan they were riding in — which was being pursued by police — lost control and crashed into a police car.

Police said the third person in the minivan, a 17-year-old juvenile they did not identify, remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The crash happened in the 400 block of Taylor St NE, near Hawaii Ave. in the Fort Totten neighborhood. But the incident began about two miles west in the Parkview neighborhood of Northwest Washington when police went to the 700 block of Otis Place NW after receiving 911 calls about gunfire shortly before 3 a.m.

There, a man who police have not identified said that people riding in a burgundy minivan shot at him. Officers in a car nearby on Upshur Street NW heard the description of the van over the radio, spotted it and gave chase, authorities said.

When the minivan reached the 400 block of Taylor Street NE, it crested a hill and the driver lost control and hit a tree, then hit another police car responding to the scene, police said. All three people in the minivan were ejected from the vehicle. Two officers suffered minor injuries.

Police said they believe the minivan was involved in the Otis Place incident, but have not identified a shooting victim and are still investigating. Police ask anyone with information to call 202-727-9099.

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By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Categories:  Cathy L. Lanier, Crime, The Criminal Mind, The District, Theola Labbé-DeBose, Traffic Accidents, Unsolved

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