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Virginia State trooper Adam Bowen killed in King George County crash

Trooper Adam M. Bowen of Warsaw, Va. Photo: Virginia State Police
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MONTROSS, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say charges won't be filed against the driver of a car that struck a state police patrol car in King George County, killing a trooper.

State Police have concluded an investigation into the accident that killed Trooper Adam M. Bowen on June 24.

State Police say Bowen was responding to a call for assistance and his cruiser was traveling about 85 mph when it was struck by the slow-moving car. The impact forced the patrol car into a light pole. The driver and passenger of the other car suffered minor injuries.

Commonwealth's Attorney Matt Britton says no charges will be brought against the other driver because he didn't want Bowen's death overshadowed by a minor court case.

Funeral service held for Va. Trooper

Funeral services were held Tuesday for Virginia State Trooper Adam Bowen, who died Friday night after his cruiser collided with another car in King George County.

His brother Kevin Bowen remembered 28-year-old Adam as a “hero.” He wept openly at a crowded service at Washington and Lee High School in Montross in Westmoreland County, Va. Bowen said his brother loved nothing more than helping others.

Trooper Bowen was killed Friday night when his cruiser collided with another car, then hit a light pole. He was responding to a call to help another trooper.

Bowen's fiancé Rachael Michie spoke at the service. She said Wednesday it would have been one year since Adam proposed to her after building her their future home. The couple planned to marry on July 9.

Governor Bob McDonnell presented Rachael and the Bowen family with an American flag. Hundreds of law enforcement attended the service and made up a four-mile-long procession to the gravesite afterwards.

Trooper killed in King George crash

Bowen was killed in a traffic crash Friday night in King George County that also injured two other people.

Bowen was heading west on Route 3/Kings Highway at about 6:45 p.m. Friday, police say. He was responding to a call for assistance and had activated his lights and siren.

As he entered the intersection of Route 3 and Madison Drive, his marked Ford Crown Victoria patrol car collided with an eastbound Hyundai Elantra. The driver of the Hyundia was attempting to make a left turn out of the designated turn lane when he collided with the patrol car, police said.

The impact forced the patrol car to run off the road. It struck a traffic light pole, split in half and the front end continued into a nearby parking lot where it crashed into three parked cars.

The trooper died on the scene, police say. Bowen served in the National Guard before joining the state police.

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The mangled patrol car on the scene on Saturday. (Photo: WJLA)

The driver and a passenger in the Elantra suffered minor injuries in the crash. They were both transported to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. Police identified the driver as James H. Sunderlin, 69, of Stafford, Va., and the passenger as Marie N. Alford, 62, of King George, Va.

Prior to joining the state police, Bowen spent five years with the U.S. Air Force National Guard. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Bowen, a native of Warsaw, Va., is survived by a fiancé and his parents.

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