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Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Services set for Pr. George’s officer killed in crash

A memorial service for the off-duty Prince George’s County police officer killed in a car crash last week will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint Stephen’s Baptist Church in Temple Hills, authorities announced Wednesday.

The service for Officer Kevin Bowden — who was killed Oct. 18 near the intersection of Branch Avenue and Surratts Road — will last until about 12:30 p.m. at the church at 5757 Temple Hill Road, authorities said.

Bowden’s burial will immediately follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery at 1300 Bladensburg Road NE in the District, authorities said.

Officials and family members have scheduled two viewings. The first is Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lee’s Funeral Home at 6633 Old Alexandria Ferry Road in Clinton, police said. The second is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Saint Stephen’s Baptist Church. Members of the public are invited to both viewings and the Saturday service.

Bowden was traveling northbound on Branch Avenue — off-duty and in the marked cruiser he is allowed to take home — when the crash occurred about 3 p.m. on Oct. 18, police have said.

Police have said Bowden was speeding, but an SUV pulled in front of him as its driver tried to cut across several lanes of traffic from a lefthand turn lane. Bowden’s cruiser ran into the SUV, then a traffic light pole, police have said.

The 61-year-old driver of the SUV sustained serious injuries in the crash but is expected to survive, police have said. Crash investigators are working with prosecutors to determine what — if any — charges or citations might be filed, police have said.

By  |  04:37 PM ET, 10/24/2012

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