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Chris Soules accident: Whitney Bischoff, Andi Dorfman and Britt Nilsson react to "horrific, life-altering tragedy"


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/26/2017 

Chris Soules' unfortunate vehicle accident that resulted in another Iowa farmer's death has Bachelor Nation talking -- including Whitney Bischoff, Andi Dorfman and Britt Nilsson.

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Nilsson happened to be the most outspoken of the three women after hearing Soules, 35, has been charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident in which his pickup truck rear-ended a farm tractor in the early evening on Monday, sending the tractor and its driver, 66-year-old Kenneth E. Mosher -- who later died at the hospital -- into a ditch on the side of the road.

After failing to win Soules' heart on The Bachelor's 19th season, Nilsson competed against Kaitlyn Bristowe to become The Bachelorette's eleventh-season star. However, Bristowe won the position over her fellow fan-favorite contestant.

"With a heavy heart, I pray for both men's families today. I believe that Chris is an upstanding and honorable man, as is now fully coming to light with the discovery of his 911 call," Nilsson, 30, told TooFab on Wednesday.

"I found it hard to believe that he would not report the accident, so this new information, revealing that he did call the police to report it, definitely feels more true to character than the original story of a hit and run."

While initial reports may have led people to believe Soules fled immediately after hitting the John Deere tractor, TMZ obtained 911 audio of Soules calling the police and attempting to help Mosher before taking off.

In the emergency phone call, the former The Bachelor star was breathing heavily while speaking to a dispatcher, and he sounded like he was possibly crying. Soules apparently checked the victim's pulse and asked a person at the scene to administer CPR.

Assistant Buchanan County Attorney Jenalee Zaputil had made no mention of Soules' 911 call during his initial arraignment hearing on Tuesday and stated Soules -- who was arrested at his house later that night after he refused to come outside and police were forced to obtain a search warrant -- had not contacted authorities about the incident.

"At no point did Mr. Soules come out of the house or cooperate with law enforcement... at any point, in trying to get in contact with them about regarding this individual and this fatality accident," Zaputil told the judge at the hearing.

Nilsson said her thoughts were with both Soules and Mosher.

"I deeply grieve for the victim and his entire family today, as the shock waves of pain and loss must be almost unbearable. I pray that people respect them, and give them space and time to heal. I also pray for Chris, as he must be filled with guilt, regret, and confusion," Nilsson continued in her statement.

"In all our time together, he was nothing but a gentleman and always cared for those around him. My heart goes out to everyone surrounding and involved in this horrible accident -- I pray for peace, reconciliation, and hope in the midst of such a terrible circumstance."

Sources told TMZ that beer cans were found inside Soules' pickup truck that was involved in the accident, but it remains unclear if he was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Soules did not sound intoxicated during his 911 call.

Soules was arrested at his house late Monday night.

The reality TV star was booked into the Buchanan County Jail and then released Tuesday morning when his mother Linda Soules posted his $10,000 bond at 11:37AM, The Des Moines Register reported. Soules could face up to five years in prison if convicted of the felony charge.

"It's all very sad," Dorfman told Entertainment Tonight.

Soules first found fame when he competed on Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette back in 2014. Fans fell in love with him on the tenth season of the franchise, ultimately leading to his The Bachelor casting.

"I haven't talked to Chris yet but, knowing him, I know that he is probably devastated," Dorfman, 30, continued in her statement. "My thoughts go out to [Mosher] and his family, as well as the Soules family. You never want to hear that a friend has been involved in a horrific, life-altering tragedy like this. I'm just saddened for everyone involved."

Bischoff, the ex-fiancee of Soules, provided People with a short but sweet statement on the incident.

The couple got engaged at the end of The Bachelor in 2015 but split several months later. Bischoff and Soules' romance seemingly fell apart while the Arlington farmer competed on Dancing with the Stars' 20th season -- a reality TV stint known to be time consuming and physically exhausting.

"This is a very sad situation," Bischoff, 31, succinctly told People. "I'm keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers, especially the victim and his family."



Chris Soules/Buchanan County Sheriff's Office

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