KING GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - State Trooper Adam Bowen was responding to an assistance call Friday night but never made it there. He was killed on his way when another car hit him.
Just before 7:00 p.m., Bowen collided with a Honda Elantra in the intersection of Route 3 and Madison Drive in King George. The impact forced the trooper's car into a pole splitting the car in half. State Police say the front end of the vehicle continued into a nearby parking lot where it hit three parked cars.
"On behalf of Colonel Falarety and the Department of State Police we'd like to express our condolences to the Bowen family," said State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar.
Preliminary reports show the other car was trying to make a left turn at the intersection when they crashed.
"According to several witnesses the trooper was running lights and sirens in his emergency equipment," Molnar said. "The male and female in the Honda were transported to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg with minor injuries."
There were traffic lights in all four ways but further investigation will reveal who had the green light and whether or not the other car saw the trooper coming.
"They're looking at all types of evidence at the scene from skid marks and impact on vehicle," Molnar said.
At 28, Trooper Bowen was pretty new to the department. He had only served three years, but that wasn't all he did.
"Adam not only served at state, but also served the nation, he served overseas in Iraqi Freedom and he was due to get married next month," Molnar said.
The family's now working on a memorial for Trooper Bowen and making funeral arrangements.