According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Soules, who starred on Season 19 of the hit ABC reality series, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident — a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Soules, 35, was not charged with driving under the influence, although TMZ obtained court documents that indicate he was in possession of alcoholic beverage containers at the time of the collision.
Soules reportedly rear-ended a tractor with his pickup truck near Aurora in Buchanan County on Monday night around 8:20 p.m. According to local outlet KWWL, both vehicles, going southbound at the time of the crash, ended up in roadside ditches. Soules allegedly fled the scene on foot, leaving his truck behind. The person driving the tractor was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.
The sheriff’s office isn’t releasing additional information at this time. Soules appeared at the Buchanan County Courthouse for his arraignment on Tuesday morning. His bail has been set at $10,000 and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 2.
Soules starred in “The Bachelor” in 2015 after appearing on “The Bachelorette” Season 10, starring Andi Dorfman, during the previous year. He proposed to contestant Whitney Bischoff on the “Bachelor” finale, but the duo later broke off their engagement. Since then, he’s appeared on other reality conceptions, including “Dancing With the Stars” and “Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition.”
ABC had no comment.