INDEPENDENCE — Attorneys for reality TV star Chris Soules said in an Iowa Supreme Court appeal his reputation could be damaged if charges from a fatal crash proceed to trial and he is ultimately exonerated.
Earlier this week, Soules’ attorneys filed an interlocutory appeal with the Iowa Supreme Court after a district court judge declined to throw out a felony leaving-the-scene charge in the April 24 crash that killed Kenneth Mosher of Aurora.
“Mr. Soules is a public figure, making an unnecessary trial even more damaging. If Mr. Soules is forced to proceed to trial and then appeal, there would be no way to undo the publicity and restore Mr. Soules to his original position if his dismissal argument is ultimately vindicated,” attorney Gina Messamer wrote in the appeal application.
Soules has appeared on “The Bachelor” and “Dancing with the Stars” TV shows, and the appeal includes a footnote with the address for Soules’ website in the event justices aren’t familiar with him.
Authorities said Soules pickup truck rear-ended Mosher’s tractor north of Aurora, and he left the scene before law enforcement arrived.
Soules’ attorney said in court records Soules was traveling below the 55 mph speed limit and stopped following the collision. Because Soules called 911, identified himself to dispatchers, rendered aid to Mosher and remained until medics arrived, the state’s hit and run law is vague as it applies to him, his attorneys argued in asking to dismiss the charge.
Prosecutors said it was Soules’ duty to remain at the scene until law enforcement arrived.