A rep for Chris Soules has released a new statement following the fatal car crash in Iowa on Monday night that the former Bachelor star was involved in, which left one man, 66-year-old farmer Kenneth Mosher, dead.
According to the statement, the 35-year-old reality star has chosen three attorneys from the Des Moines, Iowa, law firm Parrish Kruidenier to represent him — Alfredo Parrish, Brandon Brown and Gina Messamer.
Soules was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado in Aurora, Iowa, when he struck the rear of a John Deere tractor, operated by Mosher. According to a statement previously obtained by ET from the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, they received a 911 report of a motor vehicle accident at approximately 8:20 p.m. Soules was the one who initially reported the incident to 911, identifying himself as “Chris Soules” during the call. He allegedly fled the scene before law enforcement arrived, and was later arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Fatality Motor Vehicle Accident (Class D Felony). The judge gave Soules a $10,000 bail, which was posted by his mother, Linda.
“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,” the new statement from Soules’ rep read. “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,” the statement continued. “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.”
The statement goes on, revealing that Soules’ legal team is currently working on gathering evidence and reviewing the facts of the collision, and that 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,” the statement noted. “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.”
Soules’ next court appearance is scheduled for May 2. From the 911 call to the Iowa native’s arrest, watch the video below to hear everything we know so far about what happened.