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Iowa State Patrol continues investigation in 'Bachelor' deadly crash

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State Patrol investigators have arrived at Roadside Towing and Collision in Winthrop to inspect the vehicles in last night's crash. State Patrol investigators have arrived at Roadside Towing and Collision in Winthrop to inspect the vehicles in last night's crash.

The Iowa State Patrol continues to investigate the scene of the crash, which resulted in Kenneth Mosher's death on a road in rural Buchanan County. Among the factors being considered were the conditions on the road at the time when Chris Soules' pickup truck collided with Mosher's tractor around 8:20 p.m. Monday night.

State law in Iowa says tractors are required to have "an amber flashing light visible from the rear at any time from sunset to sunrise." State Patrol tells KWWL there is no indicator that lights were not working on Mosher's tractor, but does note it is part of the current investigation. 

State Patrol also says there were no witnesses to the crash, with other people traveling on the road later pulling over to help when they came up to the scene of the collision. 

While the investigation continues on, a visitation will be held for Mosher this Sunday at Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein from 4-7 p.m. His funeral will follow on Monday at the funeral home, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Soules is charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash -- a felony in Iowa. The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office released audio this week showing Soules made a 911 call from the scene following the crash. The Arlington native is well-known for starring in the show "The Bachelor."


Read Chris Soules' attorney's statement below: 

Chris Soules has retained attorneys Alfredo Parrish, Brandon Brown, and Gina Messamer of the Des Moines, Iowa law firm Parrish Kruidenier to represent him.  Brown recognized the heightened level of interest because of Soules’ celebrity status, but asked that members of the public do not prejudge this case based on media coverage.  Soules’ 911 call, released yesterday, proved that the initial knee-jerk coverage of this accident was incorrect. 

While initial reports suggested Soules fled the scene, the 911 call confirms that Soules in fact was the one who contacted law enforcement immediately.  During the call, he clearly identified himself and explained his role in the terrible accident. Soules attempted to resuscitate Mr. Mosher and remained on the scene with him until emergency medical personnel arrived. Soules’ attorneys are exploring the possibility of a gag order to prevent further misinformation from prejudicing Soules’ right to a fair trial.

Soules’ legal team is working to gather all of the evidence and review the facts of this tragic collision.  They have already filed a demand asking law enforcement to preserve possible evidence and anticipate filing additional motions next week.  His attorneys are confident that once all the evidence is made public, it will show Soules acted reasonably and did everything in his power to provide aid to Mr. Mosher.

Due to the nature of the pending charges, neither Soules nor his counsel will be making any statements at this time. Soules and his family request that their privacy and the privacy of Mr. Mosher’s family is respected.  Everyone in this close-knit farming community is mourning Mr. Mosher’s passing. Soules offers his sincere condolences to the Mosher family.


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Former `Bachelor' Chris Soules has hired a high-profile law firm to defend him after he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that killed another Iowa farmer.

Alfredo Parrish and two colleagues from Parrish's Des Moines firm informed the court Thursday they are representing the reality TV star.

The firm plans to issue a statement later Thursday, which would be the first word from Soules' defense since the crash Monday night in northern Iowa.

Authorities say Soules' truck rear-ended a tractor driven by 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher on a road near Aurora, causing Mosher's death. They say Soules called 911 to report the accident and seek help for Mosher before leaving the scene in another vehicle.

Soules was arrested at his Arlington home hours later.


UPDATE: In a NBC Today Show exclusive, the Buchanan County Sheriff is speaking for the first time since the deadly accident involving former 'Bachelor' Star Chris Soules.

During the interview Sheriff Bill Wolfgram says Chris Soules left the scene after fire and EMS crews arrived, but before his deputies were on scene.

This report coming into dispatch from a first responder.

Scanner: "One of the subjects that was involved just took off northbound in a red Duramax truck. . . . I believe the name on the subject is going to be Chris Soules."

"At that particular time, we knew that he had left the scene prior to our arrival," said Sheriff Wolfgram. "This was told to us by people who had been there and seen him. He had left prior to us getting there."

Previously unclear, Sheriff Wolfgram says Soules' truck was left at the scene, indicating that Soules left the scene in another truck. Sheriff Wolfgram did not say if someone else was driving the "red Duramax truck" Soules reportedly left the scene in.

"We requested Fayette County to send deputies to his [Soules'] residence because the vehicle was there so the license plate would come back to him with his addresses," said Sheriff Wolfgram.

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Department also releasing the full 911 call 'Bachelor' Chris Soules made the night of a deadly crash north of Aurora.
The full transcription of the 9-1-1 call is below:

"Buchanan County 9-1-1, what is the location of your emergency?

Just north of... uhhh, North of Aurora.

What's the address?

There's no address. What are you reporting?

An accident, is he okay?

Mile marker Aurora.

Okay, I got it. Is anybody injured?

Yes, I rear-ended a guy on a tractor.

Okay, so it's a car vs. tractor?


Okay, who's injured?

The man on the tractor.

*heavy breathing*

Is the tractor in the ditch?

Yes, yes.

Okay, and the guy was thrown into the ditch?


Okay, just one moment.

*heavy breathing*

They're coming, they're coming.

Are you talking to him, is he conscious?

Uhh, he's not conscious.

He's not conscious?

No, no.

Can you check to see if he's breathing?

*ringing* 911, what is the exact location of your emergency?

Donna, this is Buchanan County, I need your emergency line ambulance sent one mile north of Aurora on Slater Ave. for a vehicle versus tractor accident. The tractor has gone into the ditch and the rider of the tractor is injured.

Okay, and that was 1 mile north of Aurora?

Yup, it's going to be the 1000 block of Slater. S-L-A-T-E-R, it's on W45. I'll be paging Aurora. 

Okay, thank you.

Thanks, Donna. Go ahead, caller stay on the phone with me, okay?

You're gonna hear me for a minute, but don't hang up. Donna, I got this okay.

Okay, you got it?


What's your name?

My name is Chris Soules.


Is he breathing, Chris?

I can't tell. He doesn't appear to be.

*heavy breathing*

It doesn't look like he's breathing Chris?


Is the tractor on him?

No, no.

*heavy breathing*

Chris, are we able to start CPR? Chris, do you know how to do CPR?

No, I don't.


Are you near him at all?

Hold on. *pause* Anybody know how to do CPR?

Is there somebody with you?

Yeah, there's people here, yeah.

Does anyone here know how to do CPR?

Does anyone know how to do CPR?

I can talk you through it, if you're near the patient.

*muffled counting sounds*

There's blood, there's blood.

Is there blood coming out of his mouth, Chris?


I can feel a pulse, yeah he's got a pulse.

He does have a pulse?

Yeah, I feel a pulse.

Check to see if he's breathing.

Yeah, you guys on your way?

I'm gonna stay on the line with you. We have law enforcement, medical en route to you. I wanna know if the vehicles up on the road have their flashers on.

Yeah, they do.

Okay. Can I, can I call you back really quick?

Yeah, you can call me back.

Thank you."


"One of the subjects that was involved just took off northbound in a red Duramax truck. . . . I believe the name on the subject is going to be Chris Soules," this statement can be heard on dispatch call records as an emergency responder reports from the scene of a deadly crash in Buchanan County on Monday night.

The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office says Chris Soules has been arrested for leaving the scene of a deadly crash.

Soules, who's from Arlington, is well known for starring in the show "The Bachelor."

The Iowa State Patrol says Soules was driving a truck that rear-ended a tractor near Aurora around 8:00 p.m. Monday. This is about 15 miles south of Soules' farm in Arlington. Both the tractor and truck went into the ditch and the person driving the tractor died.

Iowa State Patrol says Kenneth Mosher, 66, was behind the wheel of the tractor that was rear-ended. 

State Patrol says Mosher was taken to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein. According to the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Soules was uninjured in the accident and left the scene of the accident prior to law enforcement's arrival. 

The crash report from State Patrol says Soules was driving the pickup that rear-ended Mosher's tractor. Soules' truck was towed from the scene to Roadside Towing. Technical investigators were at the scene last night going through evidence. 

According to the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, Soules was located shortly after at his home near Arlington. After hours of trying to get a search warrant to get Soules out of this home, he was 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). 

Investigators will be looking into what happened before the crash, where Soules was, what he was doing, etc. Due to the on-going investigation, further charges may be pending. 

Soules had his initial court appearance today in Buchanan County. 

The County Attorney says he has not been cooperative with law enforcement. 

Court documents say alcoholic beverages or containers were at the scene of the deadly crash. 

Soules' bail is set at $10,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for May 2. 

This afternoon, State Patrol Investigators have arrived at Roadside Towing and Collision in Winthrop to inspect the vehicles in last night's crash. 

Investigators spent about an hour at Roadside Towing, going over the accident vehicles. They told KWWL the investigation should be wrapped up in a few days. 


Original Story:

One person is dead after a crash in Buchanan County.  It happened in the 1000 block of Slater Avenue, north of Aurora.  The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.

The Iowa State Patrol says a pickup truck and tractor were involved in the crash, with both vehicles going southbound. Officers say the truck ran into the back of the tractor, sending both vehicles into roadside ditches.

The person who died in the collision is from Aurora, but officers are not identifying those involved in the crash at this time. 

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