HAVANA — A Parsons man died and another was injured in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 75 and County Road 2600 near Havana Tuesday night.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the collision happened at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Paul T. Workman, 63, Parsons, died in the wreck and his passenger, Lindon A. Allen, 47, Parsons, suffered injuries and was taken to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.
The KHP report showed that a 2018 Kenworth semitractor trailer driven by Christopher R. Kretzer, 49, Savannah, Georgia, was backing down CR2600, which intersects U.S. 75. Workman, who was southbound on U.S. 75 in a 2017 Ford Transit van, struck the middle of the semitrailer.
Workman was pronounced dead at the scene. Kretzer was not injured. All vehicle occupants were wearing seat belts.
Workman was employed by Parsons State Hospital and Training Center. He was driving Allen to his job in Caney, according to Cara Sloan-Ramos, public information officer for the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, which oversees the state hospital. Sloan-Ramos said Allen was released from the hospital Wednesday morning and driven back to Parsons by two state hospital staff. Allen is in the state’s sexual predator treatment program and housed at the state hospital.
The sex offender program allows a person to be indefinitely confined through a civil commitment order signed and overseen by a judge if he or she has a mental abnormality or personality disorder and is likely to engage in predatory acts of sexual violence. The law has been in place since 1994 and has been amended a number of times.
Residents in tier three or the next phase, transitional release, may live at Parsons State Hospital in Maple or Willow cottages, which can house a total of 16 residents. Allen is in transitional release.
Part of the program in the transitional phase is finding and maintaining work, seeking out community housing and counseling so residents can move into the conditional release phase.
Allen served about eight years in prison on a conviction for aggravated indecent liberties with a child, a crime committed in Sedgwick County, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections website. His prison sentence was completed in 2013, the website shows.