Chris Soules, Parents Ordered to Pay $2.5 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Fatal Crash

Former Bachelor star Chris Soules and his parents, Gary and Linda Soules, were ordered to pay $2.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit settlement following his April 2017 fatal car accident.

Kenneth Mosher, 66, died after the reality star’s car rear-ended the farmer’s tractor two years ago in Aurora, Iowa. Soules allegedly fled the scene of the crime, but he was later arrested on a Class D felony charge.

Chris Soules Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Chris Soules Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty in November 2018 to a lesser aggravated misdemeanor charge of information aid — leaving the scene of an accident.

Chris Soules Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Chris Soules, who starred in “The Bachelor,” is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident after the truck he was driving rear-ended another vehicle April 24, 2017 in Independence, Iowa. Buchanan County Sheriffs Office via Getty Images

According to court documents obtained by WeAreIowa.com on Tuesday, May 21, the January 2019 agreement states, “For the total consideration of $2,500,000.00, Nancy Mosher, Matthew Mosher, Michael Mosher, and the Estate of Kenneth Mosher (‘claimants’) hereby release and forever discharge Christopher Soules, Gary Soules, Linda Soules … from any and all liability whatsoever … arising out of an automobile accident that occurred on April 24, 2017.”

The settlement news came on the same day that a judge delayed Soules’ sentencing. Soules’ lawyers argued that his presentencing report should not have included victim impact statements from Mosher’s relatives that were given before Soules pled guilty and ordered a new report to be written.

Soules’ lawyer estimated the new report would be completed in the summer and that a new sentencing date could be scheduled as soon as August, according to the Des Moines Register. The former ABC star faces up to two years in prison.

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