Trooper Adam M. Bowen Virginia State Police, Virginia EoW: Friday, June 24, 2011 State Police, Virginia

Adam M. Bowen

Virginia State Police, Virginia
End of Watch: Friday, June 24, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 28
Tour of Duty: 3 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: June 24, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Virginia State Police
7700 Midlothian Turnpike
Richmond, VA 23235
Phone: (804) 674-2843

Trooper Adam Bowen was killed when his patrol car was involved in a collision in King George County.
Trooper Bowen was responding to call for assistance from a Virginia State Police special agent. He was traveling westbound on Route 3 and as he entered the intersection of Route 3 and Madison Drive his patrol car collided with a vehicle that was traveling eastbound. The impact forced the patrol car to run off the road and strike a traffic pole. The patrol car was split in half by the force of the impact and the front end of the vehicle continued into a nearby parking lot where it struck three parked cars. Trooper Bowen died at the scene.
Trooper 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.

Virginia State Trooper Adam M. Bowen, 28, of Warsaw died Friday in a two-vehicle crash that sent his vehicle into a utility pole that split the patrol car in half.

Bowen, who was to be married in two weeks, was in his marked Ford Crown Victoria patrol car traveling west on state Route 3/Kings Highway in King George County on Friday about 6:45 p.m. when it collided with a Hyundai Elantra traveling east.

According to a state police spokesman, witnesses said Bowen had his lights and siren on at the time of the crash.

"The tragic and sudden death of Trooper Bowen is a tremendous loss to his Virginia State Police family and King George County," Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police superintendent, said in a statement.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Adam’s family, friends and fellow troopers during this difficult time," Flaherty said.

The driver and a passenger in the other vehicle suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, according to state police, who did not release their names.

The crash occurred as Bowen was responding to a call to assist a state police agent. As Bowen entered the intersection of Route 3 and Madison Drive, his vehicle collided with the other vehicle, according to state police.

The impact of the collision forced the trooper’s car off the road and into a utility pole, splitting the car in half.

The trooper was wearing a seat belt.

The crash is under investigation by the Virginia State Police Accident Reconstruction Team, which is reviewing tire marks, debris, vehicle damage and statements from witnesses, state police officials said.

Bowen graduated in July 2008 from the Virginia State Police Academy. Since then, he has been assigned to the jurisdiction that includes King George and Caroline counties.

Bowen served five years in the Air National Guard. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The trooper’s father, Glenn Bowen, said his son decided early on that he wanted to be a state trooper.

"In talking with one of the local troopers, the plan was he would go into the Air National Guard and get some experience because he was in security forces," Glenn Bowen said. "That was his stepping stone. That would give him some background and credentials for when he applied to the state police, which is ultimately what he really wanted to do."

Bowen said his son was engaged to Rachel M. Michie, and they were to be married in two weeks.




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.

Hoover, a former state trooper who’s currently a major in the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office, said he wasn’t surprised that Bowen was going to the aid of another trooper. That was the whole reason he wanted to be a policeman, Hoover said.

"If you needed help, he’d run through that brick wall to get to you," Hoover said, standing outside Glenn Bowen’s home and motioning toward the house.

"Adam took pride in being the wing man, the guy who would back up the other person," his father said.

Glenn Bowen had trouble summing up what he wanted others to remember about his son. "I’m going to tell you a story," he said yesterday.

He recalled when Adam was a student at Washington & Lee High School in Montross. One of his teachers got sick and had to be rushed to the hospital. As soon as the school day ended, Adam went to the hospital to check on his teacher.

"That’s what he was all about," Hoover added. "He wanted to save lives."

Adam Bowen graduated from W&L in 2001, but he wanted to be a state policeman long before that.

Malcolm Lewis, the athletic director at W&L, taught Bowen in middle school, and remembers him talking about being a state trooper "from the minute I met him."

Lewis worried that Bowen didn’t have the physical stature for the job. He was a small kid in middle school, and even as an adult probably weighed about 130 pounds and was 5 feet tall, his father said.

But he and his father and their friend Hoover developed a strategy to get Adam Bowen onto the police force. After high school graduation, Bowen worked at the Haynesville Correctional Center near Warsaw, then joined the U.S. Air Force National Guard. During his five-year enlistment he spent nine months in Kirkuk, Iraq, where his unit was involved in firefights and hit by explosive devices, his father said.

Bowen served in the security forces, then applied for the state police job when he returned.

He graduated from the state police academy in July 2008 and was assigned to King George.

Not long after, he visited his old high school. "When he came into the school with his uniform on, we were tickled to death," Lewis said.

The Rev. Willard Bowen, who isn’t related to the Bowen family, was Adam Bowen’s pastor when the future state trooper was in high school. He baptized him in 2001 at Oak Grove Baptist Church and has kept up with him over the years.

He recently saw Adam Bowen in Walmart and heard his good news.

"He told me how happy he was to be a trooper and how he was looking forward to his wedding date," the pastor said yesterday in a telephone interview.

Willard Bowen also said the state trooper had built a house in December. It sits between the home of his grandfather Randolph Bowen and that of his father, amid flat fields of wheat, soybeans and corn.

Adam Bowen’s parents are divorced, and his mother, Sue, lives near Warsaw.

King George Sheriff Steve Dempsey said his office worked well–and often–with Trooper Bowen.

"He was friendly, absolutely a pleasure to work with and very supportive of our office," Dempsey said, adding that the trooper’s death "is just said in every way. It’s something that words can’t express."


2 Responses to “Trooper Adam M. Bowen Virginia State Police, Virginia EoW: Friday, June 24, 2011”

  1. 1 R. Sue Bowe July 5, 2011 at 01:52

    Adam M. Bowen was named after my father Maynard E. Alderman. He was the baby of the family and everyone loved him. He always had a smile and a glint in the eyes and always time to say Hello. Yes Adam was the smallest of the family but he had the personality of someone greater. Once you met Adam you would never forget him. He was my son and we would roller skate every Sunday (while growing up) and would horse back ride with me as we both got older. The words “never” and “can’t be done were n in his vocabulary but the words ofd lets do this was always there with his wonderful smile.

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