You may be wondering what Chris Soules' ex-fiancée thinks about his recent incident that made headlines Tuesday. Well, Whitney Bischoff has commented on Soules' arrest. In a statement released to People, the 31-year-old reality star said, "This is a very sad situation. I’m keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers, especially the victim and his family."
UPDATE: Audio released by the Buchanan County Sheriff's department shows that Chris Soules called 911 in regards to the accident.
UPDATE #2: A rep for Soules released the following statement to Bustle on May 3: "Neither Mr. Soules nor his legal counsel will be responding to the numerous tabloid style articles and journalists who have been reporting false and misleading stories by citing 'unnamed sources.' Rather, they will be focusing on presenting the truth, which will reveal how inaccurate and unfair so many of these news accounts have been. We are confident that the fair-minded citizens of Iowa will do what they’ve always done – reserve judgment until all of the accurate information is properly presented."
EARLIER: For those unaware, Soules was arrested and charged for allegedly fleeing a fatal car accident near Aurora, Iowa on Monday, April 24, the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office confirmed to Bustle Tuesday. Bustle has reached out to Soules' rep for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
On Tuesday, attorneys Sean Spellman and Molly Spellman released a statement to JustJared about their client's arrest. It reads,
"Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening in a rural part of Iowa near his home. He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers and with Mr. Mosher’s family."
The Des Moines Register reported that Soules was released from jail Tuesday morning after his mother, Linda, posted his $10,000 bond. Soules is under supervision and is not allowed to leave the state without written consent from the court. He is also required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet. According to the Associated Press, if convicted, Soules could face up to five years in prison. His preliminary hearing is set for May 2.
UPDATE: The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office released the following updated press release to Bustle Tuesday afternoon:
On Monday, April 24, 2017 at approximately 8:20 pm, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 1000 blk of Slater Avenue (W45) north ofAurora. According to the investigation, a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Christopher Douglas Soules, 35, of Arlington was southbound on Slater Avenue when he struck the rear of a southbound John Deere 2640 tractor operated by Kenneth Eugene Mosher, 66, of Aurora. The collision caused the tractor to go into the east ditch. Soules’ vehicle went into the west ditch. Mosher was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein where he was pronounced dead. Soules was uninjured in the accident and left the scene of the accident prior to law enforcement arrival.
Soules was located shortly after at his residence located in the 7500 blk of B Avenue in near Arlington in Fayette County. He was subsequently 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). Soules bonded out of the Buchanan County Jail on a $10,000 bond on Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017.
No other information is being released at this time pending the continued investigation into the cause of the accident. Due to the on-going investigation, further charges may be pending. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this incident by the Iowa State Patrol, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Aurora Fire Department and Oelwein Mercy Ambulance Service.
EARLIER: The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office released the following press release to Bustle Tuesday:
On Monday, April 24, 2017 at approximately 8:20 pm, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of a motor vehicle accident in the 1000 blk of Slater Avenue north of Aurora involving a pickup truck and a tractor. At this time, one fatality has been confirmed. No other information is being released at this time pending the investigation and notification of family. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and further information will be released at a later time.