Former 'Bachlelor' Chris Soules charged with felony in fatal crash

In the emergency phone call, the former The Bachelor star was breathing heavily while speaking to a dispatcher, and he sounded like he was possibly crying.

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office says that Soules' pickup truck rear-ended a tractor trailer on Monday, April 24, around 8:20 p.m. The tractor driver, a 66-year-old local farmer named Kenneth Mosher, was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

After being heard informing others at the scene that help is coming, Soules confirms to the operator that the man is "not conscious". After allegedly attempting to flee, Soules was booked on a criminal charge of leaving the scene of an accident at which death occurred at 1:16 a.m.

"Soules' 911 call, released yesterday, proved that the initial knee-jerk coverage of this accident was incorrect". Soules said no but asked other people at the scene if anyone knew CPR. The operator then told Soules that law enforcement and medical were on their way to the scene.

"Can I, can I call you back really quick?" If convicted of the felony charge against him, Soules could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison under Iowa law.

Meanwhile, his legal team claims that they are concerned Soules will not get a fair trial.


The case has garnered the attention ofSoules' "Bachelor" fans as well as residents of Arlington, Iowa, where he lives, who had come to appreciate the reality TV star's work as an unofficial Iowa ambassador and farm industry advocate.

Soules was charged with fleeing the scene of a deadly accident and went to court Tuesday morning, where his bond was set at $10,000.

However, there have been reports that Soules not only checked Mosher's pulse, but had a friend pick him up following the crash so that he would be able to ditch his vehicle. They have already filed a demand asking law enforcement to preserve possible evidence and anticipate filing additional motions next week.

Meanwhile, Soules' spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, issued a statement saying Soules "was devastated" to learn Mosher died. It's been reported that he is expected to check in with a probation officer to get fitted with an ankle monitor, and was ordered to turn in his passport, which means he will no longer be participating in a Bachelor-related special that was scheduled to be filmed outside of the country (which many believed to be Bachelor In Paradise).

Mosher, a lifelong resident of the Aurora - population 200 - lived on his family farm near the crash site, reported the Argus Leader.


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