You’ve gotta hand it to Chris Soules for taking his “Prince Farming” schtick to to new heights of absurdity. Chris was the man handing out the roses on season 19 of The Bachelor and now he’s going to be handing out $2.5 million to the family of the man he killed when he plowed into a John Deere tractor with his big ‘ole truck. Sure, I guess it could happen to anyone, but Chris is facing criminal charges in addition to the civil settlement because he failed to stick around after the accident as required by law.
According to People:
As part of the settlement of a civil lawsuit from January 2019 against Soules for wrongful death, which was obtained by We Are Iowa, the Bachelor alum, 37, and his parents, Gary and Linda Soules, have agreed to pay the hefty sum to the loved ones of 66-year-old war veteran Kenneth Mosher.
Although Chris called 911, he fled the scene before police arrived and allegedly hid out at his home, refusing to come out until the police obtained a warrant, which they did several hours later. You know, about the same about of time as it takes to sober up. At the time he was “allegedly in possession of alcoholic beverages and containers”, so draw your own conclusions.
Soules was arrested after he crashed his truck into a tractor, running it off the road into a ditch. Mosher was mortally injured. While Soules did call 911 and render aid he then left the scene before police arrived. His vehicle was later found at a home that he was present at, and Soules allegedly refused to leave until officers obtained a search warrant several hours later.
Chris worked the All-American, salt of the earth, humble farmer routine for television, and wound up being responsible for the death of and actual farmer who died while actively farming. Only in America, folks! To be fair, Chris is an actual farmer as well. He co-owns his family’s “third generational farming operation” with his parents. Unfortunately, his folks are also on the hook for the settlement.
He’s on his own though when it comes to criminal charges. Back in November he entered a conditional guilty plea to charges of “leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury” which carries a maximum sentence of 2 years and or a maximum fine of $6,250.00. His criminal case was delayed just this week because both the defense and the prosecution have asked for a “new pre-sentencing” investigation. They say the family farm is under threat these days due to globalization, but Chris is living proof that the real threat is good old-fashioned American cowardice, and the hubris of nominally attractive men.