Bachelor star Chris Soules has spoken out for the first time since his involvement in a fatal accident that claimed the life of fellow farmer Kenneth Mosher. Soules, a farmer, lives in nearby Arlington, Iowa.
"This story is going to spread like wildfire around here and probably all over because of who he is", Mary Jo Brown, Arlington's city clerk, told the Des Moines Register.
Following the accident, Soules called 911 and reported the incident, but fled the scene before the police could arrive at the spot as he had allegedly realised that the victim had no pulse.
The six-minute call ends when Soules asks whether he can call back and hangs up.
"That was my RP", the dispatcher answers.
Soules, who starred on ABC's "The Bachelor" two years ago, said the man had been thrown into a ditch, wasn't conscious, and didn't appear to be breathing. Soules did the same thing back in 2002, only he didn't kill anyone in the process. Soules asked the dispatcher. He replied in the negative and said, "No, I don't", but asked others for help.
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Soules was driving a 2008 Chevy pickup that collided with a tractor, according to a spokesman with the Iowa State Patrol.
The season 19 Bachelor deleted his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages following the tragic incident. "I believe that Chris is an upstanding and honorable man, as is now fully coming to light with the discovery of his 911 call", Nilsson, 30, told TooFab on Wednesday. Police originally charged Soules with a class D felony for leaving the accident but later added that "further chargers may be pending". Additionally, it has been reported that there was alcohol found in his truck following the crash.
Assistant Buchanan County Attorney Jenalee Zaputil said Soules refused to leave his home and it took hours for police to get a search warrant to go inside and arrest him. News, Soules can be heard telling the operator, "There's no address".
Wolfgram told the Associated Press that investigators were "running into some roadblocks when it comes to getting information" but acknowledged Soules was acting within his constitutional rights.
- There were skid marks showing Soules tried braking before the crash. "He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away", a statement via his rep, Stan Rosenfield, read. "I'm keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers, especially the victim and his family".
According to his obituary, Mosher wasn't only a loving grandfather of three, but he was also a U.S. Army veteran.
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