Prominent firm to defend 'Bachelor' star in Iowa crash case

In a statement, his rep previously said, "Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) in a rural part of Iowa near his home".

In newly released audio obtained by PEOPLE on Wednesday, Soules called police before allegedly leaving the scene of the crash, which left Kenneth E. Mosher, 66, dead.

He paid the bond shortly after and is now awaiting his preliminary hearing on May 2. After allegedly attempting to flee, Soules was booked on a criminal charge of leaving the scene of an accident at which death occurred at 1:16 a.m.

Soules responds "yes" over and over as the operator asks about the man, including whether he was thrown into "a ditch" as a result of the accident. Soules did not sound intoxicated during his 911 call. There were other individuals on the scene and he asked if anyone knows how to do CPR. Soules asked the operator and then disconnected the call, stating that he would call back. Soules did the same thing back in 2002, only he didn't kill anyone in the process.

Soules appeared on The Bachelorette in 2014 and starred the next year on The Bachelor.

In northeast Iowa, where Mosher and Soules both farmed, community members told local media they were heartbroken for the family's of both men. Mosher and his family live on a farm near the scene of the crash and have lived in the town for the majority of their lives.

If it's determined Soules was using his phone at the time of the crash, our sources say a vehicular manslaughter charge is definitely on the table.

Authorities are trying to identify who picked up Soules in the truck, Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Wolfgram told the Associated Press. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein where doctors were unable to save his life. "We have law enforcement, medical en route to you", the dispatcher told him. And before we start feeling sorry for him, let's remember why he's now in the news - for allegedly causing a fatal vehicle crash and then fleeing the scene of the crime.

"It took hours to get a search warrant to retrieve Mr. Soules from inside of the house in order to continue the investigation", Zaputil continued. His publicist released a statement Tuesday saying Soules was devastated to learn Mosher had died and that Soules offered his thoughts and prayers to Mosher's family.

Police have not revealed the official charges pending against Soules, but his history of fleeing the scene will not work in his favor.

"Chris has a location-monitoring device on his leg and had to surrender his passport", says the insider. According to court documents, Soules already has a history of offenses related to alcohol prior to the fatal hit-and-run incident, but the reality star seems not to have been charged for his previous offenses.