Bachelor Star Called 911 After Fatal Hit-and-Run

Chris Soules then allegedly fled the scene
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 26, 2017 4:49 PM CDT
Bachelor Star Called 911 After Fatal Hit-and-Run
This Tuesday, April 25, 2017, photo provided by the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office in Independence, Iowa, shows Chris Soules, former star of ABC's "The Bachelor," after being booked early Tuesday after his arrest on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident near Arlington, Iowa.    (Uncredited)

Former Bachelor star Chris Soules called 911 to report his crash that killed a fellow Iowa farmer, seeking medical help for the man before he allegedly left the scene, the AP reports. Soules told the dispatcher that he "rear-ended a guy on a tractor" with his pickup truck Monday night on a road near the northern Iowa town of Aurora, according to a recording of the call released Wednesday. Soules, who appeared on the hit ABC reality show two years ago, said the man had been thrown into a ditch, wasn't conscious, and didn't appear to be breathing. He told the dispatcher that he didn't know CPR, and he could be heard asking others who were there if they did. The audio then indicates that someone tried to perform CPR on the man, but it's unclear whether it was Soules. Soules said the man had a pulse and had blood coming from his mouth.

The six-minute call ends when Soules asks whether he can call back and hangs up. The tractor driver, a 66-year-old local farmer named Kenneth Mosher, was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Authorities say Soules left the scene in another truck—it's unclear who was driving—before emergency responders arrived. He was arrested about five hours later at his farm in nearby Arlington; 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. He was booked on a charge of leaving the scene of a deadly crash and released on bond hours later. Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Wolfgram said investigators are trying to determine whether alcohol or speed were factors in the crash. He also said they are trying to identify the person who picked up Soules and that this person could be charged, depending on the circumstances. (More The Bachelor stories.)

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