INDEPENDENCE -- The highest court in Iowa has rejected an appeal to dismiss hit-and-run charges against Chris Soules.
The Iowa Supreme Court issued the order Friday afternoon.
Soules' attorneys had asked the court for an appeal after a district court denied the motion to dismiss a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
Soules struck a farm tractor driven by a neighboring farmer on April 24, 2017, in a Buchanan County. He called 911 and waited for first responders but left before police arrived. The tractor driver, Kenneth Mosher, 66, of rural Aurora, later died.
Soules contends Iowa law doesn’t require surviving drivers of a fatal wreck to wait for police, but state prosecutors say it does.
His defense attorneys had asked the court to dismiss a felony leaving the scene charge against Soules, arguing Soules had stopped following the collision, called 911 and identified himself, and rendered aid to Mosher until medics arrived.
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Prosecutors said Soules, 36, of rural Arlington, left the scene before law enforcement arrived and then refused to exit his home until sheriff’s deputies obtained a warrant.
Attorneys also argued the charge should be dismissed because it harmed Soules' reputation. Soules was a former star of reality show "The Bachelor."
A trial date has not yet been set.