Actor Freddie Smith, who plays Sonny Kiriakis on the NBC daytime soap Days of Our Lives, has been injured in a car accident that has left his female passenger in critical condition.
Smith was driving and Alyssa Tabit a passenger when he lost control of his car early Tuesday (7 October) on Route 84 in Kingsville Township, Ohio.
Speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash, the Ohio Highway Patrol tells StarBeacon.com.
Smith was being treated at Conneaut Medical Center while Tabit was airlifted to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown. She is listed in critical condition.
Smith’s Kiriakis is one of the highest-profile gay characters in daytime television in the US. His character married longtime love Will Horton (played by Guy Wilson) earlier this year in a three-part episode of the show.
‘I just really love this storyline from the bottom of my heart,’ the actor told Gay Star News last year. ‘It’s nice to go to work every day and have such a positive impact.’
Smith was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal in 2013.
Wilson sent out a tweet Tuesday afternoon: ‘Please, everyone, send prayers and love.’
UPDATE: Guy Wilson has provided an update on Twitter than he received from Molly Burnett who plays Melanie on the show: ‘Just got off the phone with Freddie. He and Alyssa are OKAY. They were in a serious car accident last night, but were able to receive medical help IMMEDIATELY.
‘Freddie was released from the hospital, and Alyssa will be in surgery for a few more hours. She was cognitive pre-surgery, an all of her tests were perfect. Both Freddie and Alyssa’s families are heading there now, and they are in the best hands.’