Former reality star Chris Soules was at the center of a tragic turn of events on the evening of Monday, April 24, as he was involved in horrible car accident that left one person dead. Soules, who is a vet of both The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars, was later arrested after fleeing the scene, and the situation doesn't look too bright for him.
In Buchanan Country, Iowa, relatively near where the 35-year-old Chris Soules lives, the car accident in question took place not long before 8:20 p.m. Soules was driving a Chevy pick-up truck and is said to have rear-ended a John Deer tractor trailer ahead of him on the road. At this point, it became more of a hit-and-run when Soules allegedly drove away from the scene. He was later arrested in his home at 1:16 a.m., on Tuesday morning, and spent the rest of the morning/evening in a jail cell before appearing in court earlier this morning.
According to Entertainment Tonight, the other driver -- identified as 66-year-old Aurora resident Kenneth E. Mosher -- was loaded into an ambulance on the scene and then taken to a hospital, but was later pronounced dead. And while no alcohol-involved charges have been brought against Chris Soules currently, there's potentially reason to believe impairment may have been involved. The probably cause for the criminal complaint lists such things as "caused property damage, operating motor vehicles, possessed alcoholic beverage/containers," among other things.
One assumes this is not at all how Chris Soules would have wanted to follow-up on his time in the reality TV spotlight. He first made waves in 2014 as the second runner-up during Andi Dorfman's season, and he was popular enough to become The Bachelor proper for Season 19 in 2015. (He and winner Whitney Bischoff were engaged, but broke up later that year.) He then jumped ship to Dancing with the Stars that year, coming in fifth place and suffering a calf injury. Finally, he wrapped up a noteworthy 2015 with a spot on Worst Cooks in America, for which he came in fifth place out of seven contestants.
You won't be seeing Chris Soules on TV anytime soon, but you can catch Dancing with the Stars in its current season, which coincidentally features The Bachelor's most recent leading man Nick Viall, every Monday night on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Bachelor won't be back to ABC for a while, though, but you can head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer TV guide to see what will be back soon.
We at CinemaBlend send our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of the victim in this unfortunate accident.