INDEPENDENCE — Reality television star Chris Soules is the person who called 911 shortly after the Monday night crash that killed an Aurora farmer, according to authorities.
Soules, 35, of rural Arlington, is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident in the crash that killed 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher about a mile north of Mosher’s home. Soules, who starred in “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars,” has been released on bond pending trial.
On radio traffic connected with the crash, deputies can be heard telling dispatchers one of the drivers took off and they believe his name is Chris Soules. The dispatcher responds Soules was the “RP” — the reporting party — the person who placed the call.
Buchanan County sheriff’s deputies confirmed Soules called 911, and his voice can be heard talking with 911 dispatchers, who offered to walk him through CPR, on a tape of the call released Wednesday.
The crash happened around 8:20 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of Slate Avenue just north of Aurora. State troopers said Soules was driving a pickup truck southbound when he crashed into the back of Mosher’s tractor. The tractor went into a ditch. Soules allegedly fled before law enforcement arrived and didn’t return to the scene. He was detained later at his home.
In the six-minute 911 recording, Soules can be heard, out of breath, talking with others as he tells dispatchers where the accident occurred.
“I rear-ended a guy on a tractor,” Soules said.
“Are you talking to him? Is he conscious?” the dispatcher asked.
“He is not conscious,” Soules answered. He gave his name when the dispatcher asked.
“Is he breathing, Chris?” the emergency operated asked.
“I can’t tell. He doesn’t appear to be,” Soules responded.
As the call continued, Soules said the tractor wasn’t on top of Mosher.
“Chris, do you know how to do CPR?” the dispatched asked.
“No, I don’t,” he said. He then apparently turned to others at the scene and asked, “Anybody know how to do CPR?”
“I can talk you through it if you are near the patient,” the dispatcher continued.
It isn’t clear if CPR was started at this point. Soules can then be heard counting to himself and telling the dispatcher blood is coming from Mosher’s mouth.
“I can feel a pulse. Yeah, he’s got a pulse,” Soules said. “You guys are on the way?”
“Yeah, I’m going to stay on the line with you. We have law enforcement, medical en route to you. I want to know if those vehicles up on the road have their flashers on,” the dispatcher asked.
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Soules said they did and then asked, “Can I call you back really quick?”
The dispatcher said yes, and the call ends.
A separate recording of radio traffic between dispatchers and authorities shows how emergency crews responded to the crash.
“The tractor is in the ditch. The driver of the tractor is unconscious in the ditch,” dispatchers told Aurora Rescue. “It doesn’t appear the driver of the tractor is breathing at this time,” dispatchers can be heard saying about a minute later.
Some 13 minutes after the crash was paged out, authorities at the scene report one of the drivers has left.
“One of the subjects that was involved just took off northbound in a red Duramax truck. Do you have any available unit, Fayette County? See if they can get him stopped,” one of the officials at the scene radioed to dispatchers.
After emergency operators put out the information, the official at the scene gets back on the radio. “I believe the name on the subject is going to be Chris Soules. That’s going to be the subject that took off.”
“That was my RP,” the dispatcher answers.
Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Wolfgram said someone apparently drove Soules from the scene but declined to disclose details because of the ongoing investigation. He said Soules was located a short time later at his home.
Soules’ cooperation with authorities ended when he left the scene, authorities said.
Wolfgram said his deputies weren’t able to detain Soules until about 1 a.m. Tuesday. He said Soules refused to come out of his house.
“It took hours to get a search warrant to retrieve Mr. Soules from inside of that house in order to continue the investigation,” Assistant Buchanan County Attorney Jenalee Zaputil told Judge Linda Fangman during Soules’s initial court appearance Tuesday.
Investigators had to talk with witnesses to verify Soules’ involvement in the collision and then and apply for the search warrant, Wolfgram said.
“He left, so we had to find people to identify him,” Wolfgram said. Once a warrant was obtained, Soules surrendered without incident.
Meanwhile, Soules’ spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, issued a statement saying Soules “was devastated” to learn Mosher died.
“His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher’s family,” said Rosenfield, who declined to comment further.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.