Around 8:20 p.m. Monday, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an accident near the northeastern city of Aurora, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. Investigators said Mr. Soules, 35, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado southbound when he rear-ended a John Deere tractor that Kenneth Eugene Mosher, 66, was driving.
The collision caused the tractor to go into a ditch, and the authorities said Mr. Mosher was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Mr. Soules’s truck went into a different ditch, but the sheriff’s office said he was not injured in the accident and left the scene before deputies arrived.
The authorities found Mr. Soules at his home shortly afterward, and the sheriff’s office said he was arrested and taken to the Buchanan County Jail, where he was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident — a felony.
Mr. Soules was released from jail on Tuesday morning after posting $10,000 bail, the authorities said.
The Iowa State Patrol and other agencies assisted the sheriff’s office in its investigation. The authorities said that no additional information about the case would be immediately released.
Mr. Soules, a farmer, starred on season 19 of “The Bachelor” in 2015. The show ended with his engagement to Whitney Bischoff. The pair broke up after the show ended.
He has also appeared on season 10 of “The Bachelorette” in 2014 and as a competitor on “Dancing With the Stars.”
|Chris Soules, known for his stints on reality television shows, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident where a death occurred, the authorities said. Credit Buchanan County Sheriff's Office|
'Bachelor' star Chris Soules arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal accident
“Bachelor” star Chris Soules was arrested on Monday following a fatal accident, Fox News has learned.
According to a press release from the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Soules, 35, was arrested and charged with “leaving the scene of a fatality motor vehicle accident (a class D felony).
"Due to the on-going investigation, further charges may be pending," the statement read.
Soules' attorneys, Sean Spellman and Molly Spellman of West Des Moines, Iowa released a statement to Just Jared Tuesday saying, “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."
Robert Roepke, whose daughter is married to Mosher's son, defended Soules.
“I believe it was a very tragic, sad accident that took the life of a guy that was just coming home from work," Roepke told People.
“This is corn planting time, the best time of the year for a farmer. Kenny was working on one of the farms just a little north of Aurora and I think he was just coming home. For Chris, what happened was just a freak accident.
“Chris comes from a good family and is still well-vested in farming. He’s got a great life ahead of him,” he adds. “This is a serious bump in the road and I don’t know about his [alleged] alcohol issue but I just know that this was a huge mistake. It’s something he’s going to have to deal with for the rest of his life. It just ended very tragically.”
According to Iowa's KWWL, court documents indicate there were alcoholic containers at the scene of the crime.
“Ken was just a guy – a husband, grandfather, a dad,” says Roepke. “He loved farming and cared about the land. He was a good guy. He was doing his business, taking care of business. The Mosher’s are in shock and still trying to process it all.”
Police responded to a 911 call about the accident at approximately 8:20 p.m. Monday.
According to TMZ, the reality star was driving a vehicle that rear-ended a tractor trailer. The driver of the tractor trailer, [Kenneth Eugene Mosher, 66 of Aurora], reportedly died at the hospital following the crash after the vehicle was sent into a ditch.
"The judge put a $10,000 cash bond on him," an official at the jail told Fox News. He posted bond and was released on Tuesday.
Soules starred on the 19th season of “The Bachelor” and became engaged to Whitney Bischoff on the show. The pair has since split.
He appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" after his "Bachelor" season.
ABC declined to comment.