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'Bachelor' Chris Soules' legal team asked for his charges to be dismissed

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UPDATE May 1 at 2:17 p.m.:

The legal team for former "Bachelor" star Chris Soules filed documents asking a judge to dismiss the charges he faces for allegedly leaving the scene of a deadly crash, according to People.

Soules' legal team submitted evidence that he called 911 shortly after the car-tractor collision on April 24. In court documents, obtained by People, his lawyers argue that by calling 911 he met the requirements established by Iowa law. 

“Because probable cause does not exist to support the charge against Mr. Soules, it must be dismissed," the legal team added. 


This comes at the same time the victim, 66-year-old Vietnam veteran Kenneth E. Mosher, is being laid to rest. 

UPDATE April 27 at 7:55 p.m.:

The law firm hired by "Bachelor" star Chris Soules said that he did, in fact, call 911 before fleeing the scene, according to the NY Daily News. In the call, a frantic Soules can be heard speaking to the dispatcher explaining the details of the crash. He also checked the victim's pulse before hanging up the call. 

Soules' legal team -- the firm Parrish Kruidenier--said the 911 call proved that "the initial knee-jerk coverage" of the incident was incorrect.


His attorneys are using Soules' cooperative phone call as reason to believe that the 35-year-old did everything he could to help the victim. 

"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 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."

Since his arrest, Soules was released on $10,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is set for May 2. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Iowa farmer turned "Bachelor" star Chris Soules has been charged on Tuesday after authorities had claimed that he caused a traffic accident that killed one person and fled the scene, according to the Associated Press. Soules, who was featured on season 19 of the ABC reality show, was driving a pickup truck that rear-ended a tractor in Northern Iowa. 

The accident caused the tractor to roll into a ditch near the road. Soules' truck plunged into the other side of the ditch, Iowa State Patrol said. The tractor driver, identified as 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Soules, on the other hand, escaped the accident unscathed and left the area before emergency responders arrived. Authorities said someone had called 911 to report the crash, but they wouldn't release the identity of the caller.

Alcohol was found at the scene, but investigators are determining whose it was, Sheriff Bill Wolgram said. Court records show that Soules has had some driving infractions in the past, including a 2006 conviction for operating while intoxicated.

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