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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Prince George’s police officer killed in traffic accident


A Prince George’s County police officer and another person were hurt in what police are calling a “very serious crash” in the Clinton area. (The Washington Post - Matt Zapotosky)

An off-duty Prince George’s County police officer was killed in a crash in his marked cruiser Thursday afternoon -- the second time in only a few months that a county officer has been killed in a traffic crash.

Officer Kevin Bowden, 28, was headed north on Branch Avenue when he crashed with another vehicle near the intersection of Surratts Road, Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw said Thursday night. He said the impact of the crash forced Bowden’s cruiser into a utility pole, and he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the SUV, a woman, also was hurt, Magaw said. She was taken to a different hospital, and her injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

Magaw said some witnesses suggested the officer had been cut off, though investigators were not ready to outline the specific circumstances of the crash. A man who came on the scene in the aftermath and saw investigators make marks at the scene said the marks suggested the SUV was trying to pull around a bus when the officer’s cruiser -- headed in the same direction -- collided with it.

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