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Virginia State Trooper Killed in Traffic Crash

June 24, 2011 | Virginia News

News Image 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.

Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Washington and Lee High School
16380 Kings Highway (Route 3)
Montross (Westmoreland County), VA 22520

Funeral Service
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Washington and Lee High School.

Graveside Service
A graveside service will immediately follow the funeral service.

Rappahannock Baptist Church
9981 Newland Road
Warsaw, VA 22572

A reception, hosted by the Virginia State Police Association, will immediately follow the graveside service at Washington and Lee High School. 


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 VACP requests that Virginia law enforcement shroud badges in memory of Trooper Bowen through the day of his funeral — Tuesday, June 28.