An Iowa Supreme Court had KO’D an appeal by Chris Soules in his fatal crash case.
The Bachelor star was charged with leaving the scene of a car accident last April in connection with the death of 66-year-old Kenneth E. Mosher.
Soules, 35, was arrested on April 25, 2016, in Iowa after he reportedly crashed his truck into a tractor and into a ditch.
He allegedly refused to leave a home he was at until officers obtained a search warrant several hours later.
Iowa State Patrol alleged that he fled the crash scene, violating the Iowa code that states: “If the accident causes the death of a person, all surviving drivers shall remain at the scene of the accident except to seek necessary aid or to report the accident to law enforcement authorities.”
Soules entered a ‘not guilty’ plea in May and his lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the ‘failure to remain’ charge on constitutional grounds, refuting the last sentence of the Iowa state code.
His lawyers contended that: “because Mr. Soules indisputably stopped his vehicle, returned to the injured driver, contacted law enforcement, provided aid to the injured driver, arranged for medical treatment for the injured driver, remained until emergency personnel responded to the injured party, and provided identification data, the State’s charge must be dismissed.”
However, this request was denied in January and was then taken to the Iowa Supreme Court – but this request was denied on Friday.
A statement read: “Upon consideration, the application for interlocutory appeal and request for stay are denied.”
A date for Soules’ jury trial will be set Monday – leaving the scene of a fatal car crash is a class D felony in Iowa.
If convicted the he could face as many as five years in prison.
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