Former “Bachelor” Chris Soules performed CPR on a dying farmer after he rear-ended the man’s tractor in April, Soules’ lawyers said in new court papers filed this week.
Soules, 35, of rural Arlington, Iowa, is charged with “failure to remain” at the scene of a fatal accident. The driver of the tractor, 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, died.
Soules’ legal team filed a motion on Monday asking the court to drop the charge, according to The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. Soules entered a not-guilty plea in May.
His lawyers say he performed CPR on Mosher until it appeared it wasn’t working.
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“Four other individuals were on the scene with Mr. Soules nearly immediately, but Mr. Soules nevertheless took it upon himself to try to revive Mr. Mosher,” defense attorney Gina Messamer wrote in the motion.
“Tellingly, after blood began coming from Mr. Mosher’s mouth and Mr. Soules stopped CPR, none of the other four individuals on the scene restarted CPR.”
That indicates, Messamer wrote, that the bystanders didn’t think continued CPR would “have been beneficial to Mr. Mosher. Their unanimous inaction confirms it was reasonable for Chris not to continue CPR.”
Before he left the scene, Soules called 911 and identified himself, which can be heard in a recording of the call. “I rear-ended a guy on a tractor,” he told the dispatcher.
The Iowa State Patrol has said Soules left before officers arrived, went home and then refused to come out until authorities got a search warrant.
“Mr. Soules would not come out of the home. It took hours to get a search warrant to retrieve Mr. Soules from inside of that house in order to continue the investigation. That took hours,” the state prosecutor has said in court.
“At no point did Mr. Soules come out of the house, or cooperate with law enforcement at any point in trying to get in contact with him regarding this individual and the (fatal) accident.”
The law Soules is accused of breaking states: “If the accident causes the death of a person, all surviving drivers shall remain at the scene of the accident except to seek necessary aid or to report the accident to law enforcement authorities.”
In the motion filed this week, People reports, Soules’ lawyers argue he did everything as required.
“Because the minutes of testimony indisputably establish Mr. Soules contacted law enforcement, provided identification and ensured medical providers were attending to Mr. Mosher before he departed the scene, he did not commit the charged offense and it must be dismissed,” Messamer wrote.
A hearing on the motion to dismiss is scheduled for Nov. 27. Trial for the case is tentatively set for January.