Reality TV star Chris Soules appeared in court Monday as his lawyers argued the charge against him should be dropped.
Chris Soules is headed for trial for his role in a fatal car crash in rural northeast Iowa last year.
Judge Andrea Dryer on Friday rejected Soules’ attorneys’ efforts to have his case thrown out. The judge denied Soules’ arguments that the laws he is accused of violating are unconstitutionally vague or violated any of his constitutional rights.
Soules, who gained fame on reality-TV shows such as The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal car crash, a Class D felony, for his role in the April accident that resulted in the death of Aurora farmer Kenny Mosher.
Mosher, 66, was driving his tractor along a rural road just outside of Aurora’s town limits at 8:24 p.m. April 24 when he was hit from behind by Soules’ truck, authorities said. His tractor rolled and ended in a ditch near the pavement.
After performing CPR on site, emergency personnel took Mosher by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, where he was pronounced dead.
If convicted, Soules, who has pleaded not guilty, could be sentenced to as long as five years in prison.
Soules’ trial was supposed to begin Jan. 18, but both parties agreed to continue the trial during a pre-trial conference call Thursday. A new start date will be determined by both parties later.
The prosecution, led by Buchanan County Attorney Shawn Harden and Iowa Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown, contended in a November hearing that Soules violated an Iowa law requiring a driver involved in a fatal crash to remain “at the scene of the accident except to seek necessary aid or to report the accident to law enforcement authorities.”
If the driver leaves the scene, Section 321.263 of Iowa law states that he or she shall “immediately return to the scene of the accident or inform the law enforcement authorities where the surviving driver can be located.”
Soules did neither, prosecutors said.
Soules’ attorneys — Alfredo Parrish, Robert Montgomery and Brandon Brown of Parrish Kruidenier Law Firm in Des Moines — maintain that Iowa is the only state in the nation with this additional obligation to remain at the scene or report their whereabouts after drivers have identified…