We’re still so shocked by news of Chris Soules‘ involvement in a deadly car crash.
ICYMI, the former Bachelor was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal car accident that left 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher dead on Monday night. It’s said that alcoholic beverage containers were found in the reality star’s possession, which is especially problematic for him considering his history of drinking and driving.
Meanwhile, a member of Mosher’s extended family has spoken out — calling the whole ordeal a “huge mistake.”
Robert Roepke, whose daughter is married to the victim’s son, told People:
“I believe it was a very tragic, sad accident that took the life of a guy that was just coming home from work. This is corn planting time, the best time of the year for a farmer. Kenny was working on one of the farms just a little north of Aurora and I think he was just coming home. For Chris, what happened was just a freak accident.”
Roepke went on to defend Chris’ character:
“Chris comes from a good family and is still well-vested in farming. He’s got a great life ahead of him. This is a serious bump in the road and I don’t know about his [alleged] alcohol issue but I just know that this was a huge mistake. It’s something he’s going to have to deal with for the rest of his life. It just ended very tragically.”
Of Mosher’s death, the relative said:
“Ken was just a guy ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ a husband, grandfather, a dad. He loved farming and cared about the land. He was a good guy. He was doing his business, taking care of business. The Mosher’s are in shock and still trying to process it all.”
And apparently Chris and Kenneth may have known each other.
“I don’t know what happened there. I know if he had seen him passing on the road, they’d probably greet each other. They lived 10 miles apart or something like that but they had land that bordered each other that they farmed. I think, yeah they knew each other, but they were in different social circles.”
Such a tragic situation.
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