AURORA, IOWA – Iowa farm boy Chris Soules, who starred in “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars”, will stand trial for his involvement in a fatal auto crash that took a farmer’s life and led to felony charges.
On Monday, April 24, 2017 at approximately 8:20 PM, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 1000 blk of Slater Avenue (W45) north of Aurora. According to the investigation, a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Christopher Douglas Soules, age 35 of Arlington, Iowa, was southbound on Slater Avenue when he struck the rear of a southbound John Deere 2640 tractor operated by Kenneth Eugene Mosher, age 66 of Aurora, Iowa. The collision caused the tractor to go into the east ditch. Soules’ vehicle went into the west ditch. Mosher was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein where he was pronounced dead. Soules was uninjured in the accident and left the scene of the accident prior to the arrival of law enforcement. Soules was located shortly after at his residence located in the 7500 block of B Avenue near Arlington in Fayette County; he had refused to leave the home for some time before he was subsequently arrested and transported to the Buchanan County Jail, where he was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Fatality Motor Vehicle Accident (class D felony). Soules bonded out of the Buchanan County Jail on a $10,000 bond on Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017.
The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this incident by the Iowa State Patrol, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Aurora Fire Department and Oelwein Mercy Ambulance Service.
After a not-guilty plea, Soules is now scheduled to face a jury trial on January 18, 2018 in Buchanan county. A hearing on a motion to dismiss charges is scheduled for October 10. Also, pre-trial conferences are scheduled for November 16 and January 4, 2018.