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State trooper killed in Friday night's crash on State Route 3 in King George always wanted to be a policeman, to help others and save lives.
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Date published: 6/26/2011
By CATHY DYSON
Some of the people closest to Adam Bowen, the Virginia State Police trooper killed Friday night in King George County, heard about his crash in the worst possible way.
Bowen, 28, and his fiancee, Rachel Michie, were supposed to get married in less than two weeks. She's a dispatcher in the King George Sheriff's Office, and she was working Friday night. She heard the 911 calls about a horrific accident involving a trooper whose cruiser was split in half after it struck a traffic-light pole.
Michie was at the Sheriff's Office, less than two miles from where the accident happened. It occurred at the intersection of State Route 3 and Madison Drive, the entrance to the Presidential Lakes subdivision. That's just west of King George Courthouse.
Bowen's older brother, Kevin, is a paramedic in Richmond County. Soon after the 6:45 p.m. crash, he heard scanner traffic about a King George accident involving a state trooper.
He called his father, Glenn, in a panic, wanting to know if his little brother was working that night.
"It couldn't have been any worse," said John Hoover, a friend of the Bowen family.
Hoover and Glenn Bowen spoke with The Free Lance-Star yesterday as friends, neighbors and law enforcement officials stopped by the Montross area where several Bowen family members live.
They offered condolences and shared stories about Adam Maynard Bowen and his almost lifelong desire to be a state trooper.
Adam Bowen was responding to another trooper's call for help when he died. He was traveling westbound on Route 3, and when he entered the intersection with Madison Drive he collided with an eastbound Hyundai Elantra.
The impact forced the patrol car off the road and into the light pole. The car split in half. The back part was wrapped around the pole, and the front part continued into the parking lot of the First Lady's Centre, where it hit three parked cars.
Bowen was thrown from the car and died at the scene. State police say he was wearing a seat belt.
Police didn't provide any other details yesterday, saying its accident reconstruction team is still investigating.
About a mile of State Route 3
Deputies with the King George Sheriff's Office handled detours and traffic control. They were assisted by several officers from the Stafford County Sheriff's Office, including Sheriff Charles Jett.
Traffic was diverted so the Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team could do its investigation.
Police did not release details about Bowen's rate of speed, the nature of the call he was responding to or the circumstances surrounding the crash, because the investigation is continues.
At the crash scene yesterday morning there weren't any noticeable skid marks, just one set of ruts on the ground in front of the light pole. Several flags, flowers and balloon arrangements had been placed at the base of the pole.
The driver and passenger in the Hyundai Elantra that Bowen hit were transported to Mary Washington Hospital and treated for minor injuries.