Police officers from around the state rushed to Southern Maryland Hospital Center after learning that one of their own had been injured in a crash.
Prince George's County Police Officer Kevin Bowden had just gotten off work. And within hours, he was dead.
Investigators say Bowden's cruiser collided with an SUV and then slammed into a utility pole. It was a crash so violent, it nearly severed his cruiser in two.
Witnesses say the other vehicle involved may have swerved to avoid a tour bus and hit Bowden's patrol car.
"It's possible," says Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw. "We have witnesses who say a car cut the officer off. It's something we are looking into."
Bowden is the second Prince George's County police officer to die behind the wheel in two months. 23-year-old Adrian Morris died in August after a crashing his vehicle during a police pursuit.
"This is a tragedy," FOP President Vince Canales says. "All of our members are hurting. They're trying to wrap their hands around that this has happened again so soon."
Officer Bowden leaves behind two children, a 10-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter.
The driver of the SUV was also hurt in the collision. Her injuries are not life-threatening.
Statement from Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III on the passing of Prince George's Police Department Officer Kevin Bowden:
"Our County government, every community and every citizen of Prince George's County grieves again this evening. Nearly two months to the day, we have lost another Prince George's County Police Department Officer, Kevin Bowden, as a result of a serious automobile accident. Our condolences go out to Officer Bowden's family, friends and the Prince George's County Police Department.
The men and women of our public safety community face life threatening circumstances every day. They put their lives on the line so that we feel safe in our homes and communities. I ask every resident of Prince George's County, the State, and region to keep Officer Bowden's family and our law enforcement community in your thoughts and prayers."
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