Driver arrested in fatal DUI crash in Labette County

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LABETTE COUNTY, Kan. – Authorities plan to request a manslaughter charge in a fatal DUI crash in southeast Kansas.

On April 1, 2020, the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a crash on US 59, about a mile south of US 400, inside Parsons city limits.

They found that a vehicle had hit a pedestrian, William A. Treiber, 29, of St. Paul, Kansas. Treiber died at the scene.

According to the crash report, a car was driving south on US 59, drove left of center and passed another Southbound vehicle in a no passing zone. The car then drove partially off the roadway onto the Northbound shoulder where Treiber was walking and hit him.

The driver of the car, a Parsons resident, was not injured.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says the driver was arrested and booked into the county jail for involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence and failure to stop at an accident resulting in death. But, because the investigation is ongoing, the KHP has not yet requested formal charges as of March 2 at noon.