UPDATED: An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was killed in a crash in Maryland Thursday afternoon.
Off-duty Officer Kevin Bowden was driving northbound on Branch Avenue when he was involved in a collision with an SUV at Surratts Road about 3 p.m., Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw said. His cruiser was forced into a utility pole.
Witnesses told police the cruiser was cut off, but police have not determined if that caused the crash, Magaw said.
Bowden was taken to Southern Maryland Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries. He was 28 years old.
The female driver of the SUV was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
Bowden was a six-year veteran of the force, according to Prince George's officials who spoke at a press conference this evening. Bowden leaves behind a 10-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter.
Branch Avenue was closed in both directions while police investigated, backing up rush hour traffic.
This is the second serious crash involving a Prince George's County officer in two months. Officer Adrian Morris, 23, died after his cruiser ran off Interstate 95 while he and his partner were pursuing theft suspects Aug. 20.
“Our county government, every community and every citizen of Prince George’s County grieves again this evening," read a statement from County Executive Rushern Baker. "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."
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