Fallen Officer. RIP Trooper Adam M. Bowen. Police Tribute

The Virginia State Police are mourning the loss of one of their own. Trooper Adam M. Bowen, 28, of Warsaw, Va., was killed instantly during a two-vehicle traffic crash Friday evening (June 24, 2011) in King George County. At approximately 6:45 p.m. Friday (June 24, 2011), Trooper Bowen was responding to a call to assist a state police agent. The trooper was traveling westbound on Route 3/Kings Highway. As the trooper entered the intersection of Route 3 and Madison Drive, his marked Ford Crown Victoria patrol car collided with an eastbound Hyundai Elantra. The impact forced the patrol car to run off the road and strike the traffic light pole. The patrol car split in half and the front end continued into a nearby parking lot where it struck three parked cars. Trooper Bowen died at the scene. He was wearing a seat belt. "The tragic and sudden death of Trooper Bowen is a tremendous loss to his Virginia State Police family and King George County," said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Adam's family, friends, and fellow troopers during this difficult time." The driver and a passenger in the Elantra suffered minor injuries in the crash. They were both transported by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. The circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation, which is being conducted by the Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team. The state police is appreciative for the assistance of the King George County Sheriff's Office and King George County Fire and EMS at the scene Friday night. Trooper Bowen is a graduate of the 114th Basic Session. He graduated July 3, 2008, from the Virginia State Police Academy. Since graduation, he has been assigned to the Area 44 Office, which includes King George and Caroline counties. Prior to joining the state police, Trooper Bowen spent five years with the U.S. Air Force National Guard. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Trooper Bowen, a native of Warsaw, Va., is survived by a fiancé and his parents. *The other drivers are fine and walked away with a scratch.

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