'Bachelor" star Chris Soules charged in fatal Buchanan County crash
Buchanan County investigators tell CBS2/FOX28 Chris Soules, from the television show "The Bachelor", is now facing charges for leaving the scene of a fatal crash.
They say the crash happened around 8 P.M. Monday night in Aurora, about 15 minutes from Soules' farm in Arlington. Documents show Soules was driving a pickup when he rear ended a John Deere tractor, sending both vehicles into a ditch. The driver of the tractor, 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher of Aurora died at a local hospital. Soules was not hurt and was found at his Arlington residence. Alcohol was found at the crash scene, but investigators do no know who it belonged to.
The Des Moines Register obtained police audio of the incident in which a deputy tells a dispatcher that Soules "took off" in a red truck at the scene.
Soules is charged with leaving the scene of an accident where death occurred. His bond has been set at $10,000, but he has since been released from jail. If convicted, Soules could face up to five years in prison. The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office says more charges could be pending as the investigation continues.
His next court appearance is scheduled for May 2 at the Buchanan County Courthouse.
Online court records show that Soules has a history of traffic violations, the most serious of which being an OWI conviction in 2006. He was also convicted in 2001 of having an open container in his vehicle.
Soules, an Arlington native, appeared on the 19th season of "The Bachelor" in 2015 after first appearing on "The Bachelorette" in 2014. He has also appeared on "Dancing With the Stars".
A spokesman for Soules released the following statement:
"Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) in a rural part of Iowa near his home. He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher's family.”