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June 26, 2011
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Va. state trooper dies in crash

Trooper Adam M. Bowen's vehicle collided with another car, sending the vehicle into a traffic pole

By PoliceOne Staff

KING GEORGE COUNTY, Va. - Virginia State Trooper Adam M. Bowen was killed Friday when his patrol car was involved in a collision that forced his vehicle into a traffic pole.

Bowen was responding to call for assistance from a Virginia State Police special agent when his patrol car collided with a Hyundai Elantra traveling eastbound, forcing his vehicle off the road and into the pole. He was killed instantly by the impact, which split the cruiser in half.

The driver and passenger in the other car suffered minor injuries and were both treated at a nearby hospital.

The 28-year-old Bowen had served with the Virginia State Police for three years. He had previously served with the U.S. Air National Guard and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is survived by his parents and fiancée, Rachel Michie, who is a dispatcher with the King George Sheriff's Office. The pair were due to be married in less than two weeks.

"Adam took pride in being the wing man, the guy who would back up the other person," his father told the Free Lance-Star.

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