UPDATE: Monday, May 21, 2012
Gov. Sam Brownback has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of a Kansas representative who died in a car crash.
Rep. Bob Bethell was killed in an accident in Wabaunsee County Sunday night hours after legislators wrapped up their 2012 session.
Brownback said Bethell led by example.
"He leaned in and poured himself into issues and causes important to Kansas and was a voice for our state’s most vulnerable citizens," Brownback said. "The community of Alden, and the entire state of Kansas lost a passionate and motivated public servant yesterday."
Flags are to be flown at half-staff until Bethell's memorial service Thursday at Sterling Methodist Church.
Monday, May 21, 2012
A Kansas state representative is dead after a one-car accident in Wabaunsee County.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says State Rep. Bob Bethell, a Republican from Alden, died Sunday night when his car went off Interstate 70 near the Paxico exit. It hit several trees, overturned and ended up on its roof.
Bethell was the only person in the car.
The 69-year-old Bethell represented the 113th district since 1999. The district covers Rice County and parts of Reno and Barton counties.
The accident occurred just hours after the Kansas Legislature ended a contentious session that went nine days longer than scheduled.
Mike O'Neal, Speaker of the House issued a statement saying he was saddened by the tragic loss.
"He was a valued member of our caucus and a valued fellow member of our Reno County delegation," O'Neal said. "I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Lorene, and his family.”