Bachelor nation is speaking out about the recent news that Chris Soules was arrested after allegedly fleeing the scene of a fatal car crash.
Andi Dorfman got to know Soules when he was a contestant on her season of The Bachelorette. “It’s all very sad,” she told ET upon hearing that Soules had been charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident. “I haven’t talked to Chris yet but, knowing him, I know that he is probably devastated.”
According to the Iowa State Patrol crash report obtained by ET, Soules was driving a Chevy pickup truck when he allegedly rear-ended a John Deere tractor trailer on Monday at 8:20 p.m. The person driving the tractor trailer, identified as Kenneth Moser, was taken in an ambulance to the hospital, where he died.
“My thoughts go out to [Moser] and his family, as well as the Soules family,” Dorfman, 30, continued. “You never want to hear that a friend has been involved in a horrific, life-altering tragedy like this. I’m just saddened for everyone involved.”
Marcus Grodd, who also appeared on season 10 of The Bachelorette with Soules and Dorfman, also spoke to ET about Soules’ car crash and arrest, admitting that he’s “completely shocked by the news.”
“[Chris] is just a good guy and unfortunately this incident doesn’t reflect who he is as a person,” Grodd said. “People should know he is a fun and charismatic guy and I have only seen him help people constantly.”
The 28-year-old reality star added, “Prayers are with the [Moser]’s family, and hope Chris gets some peace. This has to be the hardest time for both Chris and [Moser]’s family.”
After the 35-year-old reality star was released from jail on a $10,000 bond on Tuesday, his rep, Stan Rosenfield, also released a statement to ET. “Chris Soules was involved in an accident on Monday evening, April 24, in a rural part of Iowa near his home,” reads the statement. “He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher’s family.”
In addition to appearing on The Bachelorette in 2014, Soules also starred on The Bachelor the following year, and competed on Dancing With the Stars.
In an exclusive interview with ET last month, Soules revealed that he’d already been asked to join Bachelor in Paradise but had some reservations. Here’s more of our candid interview with the Bachelor star:
Additional reporting by Brendon Geoffrion.