On April 24, 2017, former “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules was driving during the evening hours when he hit an elderly man driving a tractor-trailer.
According to E! News, after Soules rear-ended the trailer, he called 911, revealing that he could feel a pulse. He also told the dispatcher that it appeared as though the victim had stopped bleeding and had blood coming out of his mouth.
The former Bachelor then reportedly fled the scene in his pick-up truck before authorities arrived.
The man driving the tractor-trailer, 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, died as a result of the accident.
As E! News reports, the 37-year-old was later arrested 15 miles away at his Arlington, Iowa home. The victim’s neighbor said that both Soules and Mosher knew each other personally:
“[The Moshers] know the Soules … They are both long-term farmers with their roots here in Buchanan and Fayette County so that’s what makes it even more difficult is that they are over the fence neighbors.”
An earlier statement released in the days following the accident said that the famous farmer “was devastated to learn” Mosher passed away and offered his “thoughts and prayers” to Mosher’s surviving family.
A month after the accident, in May 2017, Soules initially entered in a not guilty plea. Roughly 19 months after the fatal accident took place, Soules changed his plea to guilty on November 13.
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The former reality television star pled guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
According to E! News, Soules faces up to two years in prison. His lawyer said in a statement following his plea:
The prosecutor has amended the charge down to a misdemeanor and Mr. Soules has entered a Conditional Guilty Plea to the misdemeanor charge. This misdemeanor charge carries a penalty ranging between a deferred judgment and no jail time up to two years’ incarceration… The basis for Mr. Soules’ guilty plea is that he failed to provide his registration information to law enforcement or 911 dispatch as required by Iowa law.
Soules is scheduled to be formally charged on January 8, 2019.