Judge: Hit-And-Run Case Against ‘Bachelor’ Star Can Proceed

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DALLAS (AP) – A judge says the felony prosecution of former “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident can proceed.

Judge Kellyann Lekar approved a charging document known as a “trial information” Sunday and scheduled Soules’ arraignment for May 23. The move is expected to cancel a preliminary hearing set for Wednesday.

Prosecutors didn’t add new charges against Soules in the April 24 accident that killed 66-year-old farmer Kenneth Mosher. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

Police say Soules rear-ended Mosher’s tractor and left the scene after calling 911 and seeking help for Mosher. He was arrested later at his home.

A prosecutor says Soules was seen purchasing alcohol shortly before the accident, and that open beverages were found around his vehicle.

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