The man who was killed in a fatal crash that led to the felony arrest of reality star Chris Soules was a grandfather and Vietnam veteran remembered as a safety conscious, hard-working farmer who loved the land.
Kenneth E. Mosher, a married father of two and life-long Iowan known for his work ethic, was identified by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department as the victim killed in Chris Soules’ fatal car crash.
Mosher – known to some as “Kenny” – was 66-years-old and from Aurora, Iowa. A woman who knew Mosher for years told Heavy that he was “a good farmer. He enjoyed farming. He enjoyed working the land. He took very good care of his equipment; he was very safety oriented. He didn’t take chances.” (She and her husband did not want their name printed because, as she described it, “it’s a town of 185 people.” However, they described Mosher in detail, and explained how the Soules’ family farmland abuts into the Mosher land.)
The families knew each other, she said. The crash has left area residents reeling in the tight-knit small town farming area, she said, adding that Mosher was likely returning from doing field work – perhaps clearing out rocks as he was known to do – when the crash occurred, as he was on a John Deere tractor at the time.
Former Bachelor Soules is under arrest and facing a felony charge after being accused of fleeing the scene after allegedly rear-ending a John Deere tractor driven by Mosher. The crash killed the older man, according to sheriff’s officials in Iowa. Soules has already appeared in court.
Soules, a 35-year-old Iowa farmer as well, took TV viewers of the popular Bachelor franchise into his small-town lifestyle back home in Iowa on Season 19, and he later appeared on Dancing With the Stars. Dubbed “Prince Farming” by the TV series, he’s got a past history relating to alcohol issues, including a previous OWI arrest.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Soules’ Pickup Truck Allegedly Rear-Ended a John Deere Tractor Driven by Mosher & Alcoholic Beverages Were at the Scene, Reports Say
Soules was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident where death occurred. That’s a violation of Iowa code section 321.261(4), and it’s a Class “d” felony upon conviction, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department told Heavy. He could face up to five years in prison.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The crash occurred in Iowa on Monday, April 24 at 8:20 p.m. News broke on April 25. Authorities say that Soules was the one who rear-ended the tractor.
“Chris was driving a Chevy pickup and rear ended a John Deere tractor trailer, sending it into a ditch,” reports TMZ.
Mosher is listed in the USDA database as receiving farm subsidies in recent years. A past family obituary lists Mosher as married to Nancy. She’s posted photos of their grandchildren on a John Deere tractor on Facebook:
Arlington, Iowa Mayor Dan Handel told the Des Moines Register: “It’s just very sad news because I knew the guy that got killed. He was a local farmer and a very good person. He was definitely someone who would be willing to help you with anything if you were in need.”
It’s not yet clear what led Soules to rear end the farming vehicle, though. According to TMZ, “police say he was in possession of alcoholic beverage containers at the time of the crash. Soules was apprehended after witnesses near the scene of the crash ID’d him and called police.”
According to KWBE, “The arrest report also states Soules ‘possessed alcoholic beverages/containers,’ but does not address whether they were open, nor whether Soules may have been intoxicated.”
A press release provided to Heavy by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office in Independence, Iowa, says that, on Monday, April 24 at about 8:20 p.m, “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.”
According to KIMT, “authorities said they received a report of an accident in the 1000 block of Slater Avenue, north of Aurora around 8:30 p.m. A report from the Iowa State Patrol shows a pickup rear ended a tractor going southbound on Slater Avenue. The tractor and the truck then went into opposite ditches.”
The Des Moines Register reports that Soules was driving a 2008 Chevy pickup, and “it rear-ended a 2640 John Deere tractor” driven by Mosher.
Soules did call 911. You can listen to that audio below.
2. Mosher, Who Died at the Hospital, Was a Hardworking Father & Grandfather Who Lived in Aurora All His Life
Mosher was born and raised in Aurora, Iowa, and “he has 2 sons and 3 grandkids who he loved more than anything,” reported Lauren Moss of KWWL-TV.
Moss also reported: “Kenny Mosher is remembered as a hardworking man.”
The woman who knew Mosher for years says that he was an “Iowa farm man” who lived on a family farm that his parents ran for at least 40 years. She described Mosher as outgoing and devoted to his grandchildren, saying that Mosher “played with his grandchildren, wanted to make sure they were interested in the farm.”
Mosher was rushed to the hospital but died there. “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 says. The office is being assisted by the Iowa State Patrol.
Due to the tight-knit small-town area of Iowa where the crash occurred, it’s perhaps not surprising to learn that Mosher and Soules knew one another. The woman who knows them said they were acquaintances and not really neighbors in the classic sense because, although their land joins, their homes are on different areas of it.
Reports the Des Moines Register: “He (Mosher) was taken after the crash by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, where he was pronounced dead.”
Soules appeared in court for his arraignment in Independence, Iowa on the morning of April 25. “Bond was set $10,000 cash only, and Soules will have to be supervised by pretrial services staff if bond is posted. A preliminary hearing has been set for May 2 at 1:30 p.m.,” reports The Courier. Soules appeared in court in a yellow jumpsuit at his court arraignment on April 25.
Soules was proud of his truck and had posted photos of his Chevy truck on Twitter before the crash. One said, “This is not a promo for @ChevyTrucks… just another day in #godscountry #farmlife #Iowa.”
3. Mosher Was a Vietnam Veteran Who Was Part of a ‘Strong Farm Family’ & Soules Is Accused of Leaving the Scene of the Crash
Mosher was a member of a Baptist church over the years and would have celebrated his 47th wedding anniversary in several months, said the woman who knew him well. She added that he had served in Vietnam.
She said that Mosher’s death is really “going to affect the Mosher family farm situation. He’s gone and they would have expected him to work for another 10 years or so with the farm,” she said, adding that the Soules’ family may be in the same situation, describing Chris Soules’ father and family as a similar farming family who knew the Moshers.
The woman said that Mosher “took very good care of his equipment. He was the guy who always had his equipment oiled and kept it in a big machine shed and kept it shined up. They took very good care of their farm. He was one of the first farmers around to get his crops in, and one of the first to harvest. He was always on top of things. He was just an Iowa farm man. Chris Soules’ father is the same way. They were two strong farm families.”
It’s a crime to flee the scene of a fatal crash, but that’s what police allege Soules did, and reports say it took them hours to obtain a search warrant to get him out of his house.
In a statement, according to USA Today, Soules’ lawyers said: “While initial reports suggested Soules fled the scene, the 911 call confirms that Soules in fact was the one who contacted law enforcement immediately. During the call, he clearly identified himself and explained his role in the terrible accident. Soules attempted to resuscitate Mr. Mosher and remained on the scene with him until emergency medical personnel arrived. Soules’ attorneys are exploring the possibility of a gag order to prevent further misinformation from prejudicing Soules’ right to a fair trial.”
USA Today reported that the statement continued: “His attorneys are confident that once all the evidence is made public, it will show Soules acted reasonably and did everything in his power to provide aid to Mr. Mosher.”
The Des Moines Register reports that Soules “was booked into the jail at 1:16 a.m. on a criminal charge of leaving the scene of an accident at which a death occurred.”
The newspaper reported that, according to the State Patrol, “Soules left the crash scene on foot headed northbound. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office arrested him and he was taken to the hospital and then the jail.” Authorities said they didn’t believe there were passengers in Soules’ truck at the time, the newspaper reported, adding that his truck was towed from the scene of the crash.
According to KWWL, “The Buchanan County Attorney says before law enforcement could get to the scene, Soules had allegedly left the scene. They later found the vehicle at a home that Soules was present at. It took hours to get a search warrant to get Soules out of the home.” The station says authorities say Soules “took off, but left his truck behind.”
A jail official told Fox News that Soules was arrested “leaving the scene of an accident – a death-related accident. A death occurred.”
Soules’ most recent posts on Twitter were of spending Easter with his family and going to Wrigley Field.
4. Soules Was ‘Devastated’ to Learn Mosher Died, His Rep Says
Soules’ representative said the reality star was “devastated” when he learned that Mosher had passed away. (A relative of Mosher posted the above photo to Facebook).
“Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) 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,” said Soules’ rep, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher’s family.”
According to KWWL, Soules was booked into the jail within 24 hours of the crash. His mugshot was also taken. It shows him wearing a T-shirt with his last name on it.
Soules is from Arlington, Iowa. The crash occurred about 15 miles from his farm, which was showcased in his season of the Bachelor.
The Courier reports that Soules “will be subject to electronic monitoring and will be forbidden from leaving Iowa without written consent of the court.”
Soules’ romance on the Bachelor didn’t work out, and it appears he’s still single. He told People Magazine in March, “It’s been really, still hard. I feel like I’m saying this all the time, but you watch the show, and you watch the reason that I went on the show, because I live in the middle of nowhere, and there’s not a lot of women, so it’s hard to date.
5. Soules Has a Previous OWI & Traffic History
It’s not yet clear whether alcohol played a role in the crash.
However, Soules has an arrest history.
Soules’ arrest history was reported on entertainment sites after he first joined Andi Dorfman’s season of the Bachelorette and then later became the Bachelor. Viewers fell in love with his homespun, friendly family and his small-town lifestyle on a farm in Iowa. However, he had an arrest history already.
According to RadarOnline, “Soules’ most serious arrest happened in 2006, when he was found guilty of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and fined more than $500.”
This is just part of Soules’ case history on the Iowa court website:
HollywoodLife reported at that time: “Chris has also been fined for speeding multiple times, and in 2001, when he was 19 years old, he was found guilty of possession of alcohol under age twice. That same year, he was again hit with similar charges, with an added charge of driving with an open container. Then in 2002 he was charged for fighting on a Valentine’s Day incident, and a month later he was found guilty of fleeing the scene of an accident.”
This article will be updated as more information is known.