Kevin Bowden, a Prince George’s County Police officer, was killed after his vehicle crashed at Branch Avenue and Surratts Road in Clinton Thursday.
Bowden was traveling northbound on Branch Avenue at about 3 p.m. when the crash occured. Prince George's County Police spokeswoman Julie Parker says he was off-duty at the time of the crash. Chief Mark Magaw says Bowden may have been on his way home.
Magaw said Friday that Bowden was speeding but didn't disclose the officer's speed.
He also said Bowden wasn't wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Magaw says he is deeply concerned that his officer was not wearing a seatbelt.
“There's so many thing in this profession that you cannot control,” Magaw says. “We have to control the things we can and wearing a seatbelt is certainly one of these.”
The six-year veteran was 28 years old. He leaves behind a 10-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter.
The driver of the other vehicle had non life-threatening injuries and is facing charges in connection with the crash.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released the following statement Thursday evening:
“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."
Outside Bowden's Clinton home, police officers gather to help console each other and the officer's family.
“He was an outstanding officer,” says Assistant Commander Doug Garrett. “He had an excellent reputation. Very productive, very well liked officer. It's hit us hard. This is still fresh today.”
Officer Bowden's neighbors are grieving as well.
“It's tragic that he didn't have his seat belt on,” says neighbor Chrissy Hawkins. “I saw the car. I saw the pole. I don't think that the seat belt would've mattered to be honest with you. The car was in half.”
In August, Prince George’s County Officer Adrian Morris died after losing control of his vehicle and flipping on I-95 near Powder Mill Road. He was trying to catch two suspects who had allegedly stolen a car and tried to break in to other vehicles.
Kevon Neal of Fort Washington was the alleged driver of the stolen car. Kenneth Mitchell Jr. of the District was allegedly the passenger.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.