Bachelor star Chris Soules has spoken out for the first time since his involvement in a fatal accident that claimed the life of fellow farmer Kenneth Mosher.

“My family and I are overwhelmed with this tragedy, but we are sticking together and we’ll get through it,” the 35-year-old Iowa native tells In Touch exclusively. “Thank you for reaching out.”

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As it’s been previously reported, the reality star was behind the wheel of his 2008 Chevrolet truck when he crashed into a John Deere tractor driven by 66-year-old Mosher. While it’s been reported that Chris checked the victim’s pulse and called 911, he later fled the scene by foot and was promptly arrested about five hours later at his home in Arlington, IA, in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, April 25.

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He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with a death, which is a class D felony. Additionally, it has been reported that there was alcohol found in his truck following the crash.

The reality star was released after posting $10,000 bail, and is scheduled to appear in court on May 2. It’s been reported that he is expected to check in with a probation officer to get fitted with an ankle monitor, and was ordered to turn in his passport, which means he will no longer be participating in a Bachelor-related special that was scheduled to be filmed outside of the country (which many believed to be Bachelor In Paradise).

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. He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher’s family.”

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Several outlets have reported that the two farmers were friendly prior to the deadly accident.

Our thoughts remain with Mr. Mosher’s loved ones during this time.

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