EXCLUSIVE: Chris Soules still well liked by locals amid fatal car crash: 'He's a good guy'


The aftermath of Chris Soules' car crash continues.

The former Bachelor's rep released a new statement on Thursday, explaining that the 35-year-old hired three high-powered Des Moines, Iowa attorneys as police continue to investigate the reality star.

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In the statement, his lawyers asked that the public not "prejudge this case based on media coverage." Soules rear-ended a tractor Monday night and then allegedly left the scene of the accident, which left 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher dead. He was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Fatality Motor Vehicle Accident (Class D Felony).

Despite the incident, local residents are keeping an open mind and still think Soules is a "good guy," explaining that car accidents like the one he was involved in are not uncommon in farm towns in and around Aurora, Iowa. "We all treat him the same, just like everyone else," one resident tells ET, adding that Soules has recently been remodeling his home, and spending time in haunts like Rod & Cal's Pub & Grub.

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INDEPENDENCE, IA - APRIL 24: (EDITORS NOTE: Best quality available) In this handout photo provided by the Buchanan County Sheriffs Office, TV personality Chris Soules, who starred in 'The Bachelor,' is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident after the truck he was driving rear-ended another vehicle April 24, 2017 in Independence, Iowa. The incident happened near Aurora, Iowa. (Photo by Buchanan County Sheriffs Office via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 18: Chris Soules attends the 16th Annual Waiting for Wishes Celebrity Dinner Hosted by Kevin Carter & Jay DeMarcus on April 18, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for The Kevin Carter Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Reality TV Personalities Luke Pell, Chris Soules and Jordan Rodgers attend Becca Tilley's Blog and YouTube launch party at The Bachelor Mansion on December 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: TV personalities Chris Soules (L) and Wells Adams attend the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'Chad to the Bone' - Ben and Lauren head to the woods for a camping trip with some former Bachelor contestants, but all hell breaks loose when villain Chad shows up and threatens to ruin everything, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Adam Larkey/Freeform via Getty Images) CHRIS SOULES, GRANT KEMP, BEN HIGGINS
BEN & LAUREN: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? - 'Chad to the Bone' - Ben and Lauren head to the woods for a camping trip with some former Bachelor contestants, but all hell breaks loose when villain Chad shows up and threatens to ruin everything, in an all-new episode of Freeform's original series 'Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,' airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on Freeform. (Adam Larkey/Freeform via Getty Images) CHRIS SOULES
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 05: Television personality Chris Soules poses backstage at the ALT 98.7 Summer Camp at the Santa Monica Pier on August 5, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episodes 2210A' - It's the closest race ever with some of the best dancing celebrities have ever pulled off. Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd, and Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas have one last night of competitive dancing, vying to win the judges' and America's votes to be crowned the 'Dancing with the Stars' champion, culminating an incredible season, announced live TUESDAY, MAY 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) CHRIS SOULES
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20: Chris Soules is interviewed by Rick Ungar in front of the SiriusXM booth at Quicken Loans Arena on July 20, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
CARSON, CA - MAY 14: TV personality Chris Soules attends 102.7 KIIS FM's 2016 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 14, 2016 in Carson, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Chris Soules attends the boohoo.com LA Pop Up Store on April 7, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for boohoo.com )
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Chris Soules poses with Charlotte McKinney at the driver's meeting prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
THE BACHELOR AT 20: A CELEBRATION OF LOVE - Romance is definitely in the air as we take a look back at 20 seasons of 'The Bachelor' and the fantasy of love - as well as the rollercoaster ride of falling in love. Viewers will catch up with some of their favorite Bachelors and Bachelor couples of all time and discover how these love stories have continued long after their final rose ceremonies. Then, Bachelor Nation is invited to another wedding, as Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert, the newest sweethearts, tie the knot, when Chris Harrison hosts the two-hour special, 'The Bachelor At 20: A Celebration of Love,' airing SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Matt Petit/ABC via Getty Images) JJ LANE, NICK VIALL, CHRIS SOULES
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Chris Soules poses with the pace car prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
BACHELOR LIVE - Current Bachelor Ben Higgins, former Bachelor Chris Soules and 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' star Kris Jenner will appear as panelists on ABC's after-show 'Bachelor Live' on MONDAY, JANUARY 11 (10:02-11:00 p.m. EST) following 'The Bachelor.' (Photo by Rick Rowell/ABC via Getty Images) BEN HIGGINS, KRIS JENNER, CHRIS SOULES
TORONTO, ON- OCTOBER 21 October 21, 2015 . U.S. Bachelor star and farmer Chris Soules poses for pictures. He's in town for a Grain Farmers of Ontario event. (Vince Talotta/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: ABC's 'The Bachelor' Chris Soules attends the annual gala 'Friends of Hudson River Park' at Hudson River Park on October 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Adela Loconte/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Rumer Willis and Chris Soules attend the Bauru Bauru vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on October 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: TV personality Chris Soules attends 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 21 at CBS Televison City on September 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 09: TV personality Chris Soules arrives for the Premiere Of Disney's 'Tomorrowland' held at AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater on May 9, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 07: Chris Soules attends the WETv 'Pet Project' To Raise Awareness For Canine Companions For Independence at Boulevard3 on May 7, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/WireImage)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Couples booted off 'Dancing With the Stars' appear on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 5/6/15, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) ROBERT HERJAVEC, KYM JOHNSON, WITNEY CARSON, CHRIS SOULES
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: (L-R) TV personalities Chris Soules and Kenya Moore, and actor Ian Ziering attend an event, hosted by WE tv and Ian Ziering, to raise awareness for Canine Companions for Independence at Boulevard 3 on May 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for WE tv)
DANCING WITH THE STARS: THE RESULTS - 'Episode 2008A' - 'Dancing with the Stars: The Results' continued on TUESDAY, MAY 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) where Chris Soules and Witney Carson were also eliminated. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, ERIN ANDREWS, CHRIS SOULES, WITNEY CARSON
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2008' -- The six remaining couples on 'Dancing with the Stars' danced to a song and dance style voted on by viewers for 'AMERICA'S CHOICE' night on MONDAY, MAY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). America had creative control of the couples' first dance, asking fans throughout the week via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for their input on wardrobe, set design and visual effects. Each couple performed two full routines including an individual original dance and a trio dance. For the trio dance, couples had the opportunity to pick an eliminated pro or troupe member to enhance their performance and highlight the strengths of each star. The trio dance styles include the Jive, Paso Doble, Samba and Salsa. (Photo by Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images) WITNEY CARSON, CHRIS SOULES, LINDAY ARNOLD
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Chris Soules is seen in Hollywood on April 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: TV personality Chris Soules arrives at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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WATCH: Chris Soules Called 911 After Fatal Car Accident, Says He Felt Driver's Pulse Before Allegedly Leaving Scene

Another resident, however, claims that "Chris knew what he was doing when he left the scene... It's clear from the 911 call he knew what happened," the source alleges.

Buchanan County Sherriff Bill Wolfgram tells ET that they are taking the investigation seriously and that media attention has prompted an unusually high number of tips and potential leads.

Sheriff Wolfgram confirms that alcohol was found at the scene, and that they're trying to determine who it belonged to. However, Soules has not been charged with any alcohol-related offense at this time.

WATCH: Chris Soules' Fatal Car Crash: Did 'The Bachelor' Know About Past Run-Ins With the Law?

An Iowa State Patrol official tells ET that Soules has yet to be interviewed regarding the incident.

A source tells ET that deputies are also looking into the identity of another driver who picked up Soules at the scene after the reality star called 911. It's possible whoever picked up Soules could be charged with helping him leave the site of the crash.

Soules' next court appearance is scheduled for May 2. Find out more on the fatal crash in the video below.

WATCH: Funeral for Victim in Chris Soules Car Crash in the Works, Aurora, Iowa Mayor Says: He Was 'Well Known'

Reporting by Tracie de la Rosa and Steve Wilks.


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