Freddie Smith

Freddie Smith

KINGSVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Soap opera star Freddie Smith may have been drinking and speeding shortly before he crashed his car early Tuesday, seriously injuring his passenger, police said.

Smith, who plays Sonny Kirakis on the daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” was traveling with his girlfriend, actress Alyssa Tabit, who was in the passenger’s seat.

The couple were westbound on Route 84 near Ashtabula, roughly 60 miles northeast of Cleveland, at about 12:41 a.m., when Smith lost control of the vehicle, Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Jerad Sutton said.

The 2009 Mazda 6 failed to negotiate a left curve just east of Dibble Road, according to the OHP report.

The vehicle crossed the center line, traveled to the left side of the road and hit a culvert. The impact caused the car to flip end over end, the OHP report said.

When the vehicle came to rest, Tabit, of North Hollywood, Calif., was temporarily trapped inside.

Smith was transported to Conneaut Medical Center for treatment and released, a hospital official said.

Tabit was flown by medical helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, where she was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon in the Intensive Care Unit, an official said.

Speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash, Sutton said.

This crash remains under investigation.

Sutton said it will take at least 30 days before OHP will get the results of the lab tests.

Smith graduated in 2006 from nearby Edgewood Senior High School. Soon after, he left Ashtabula and headed to Los Angeles with hopes of making it big in the entertainment industry.

He got a job on “Days of Our Lives” in the summer of 2011.

TV viewers were introduced to Smith on the Valentine’s Day 2010 episode of “90210” on the CW Network. He played soccer player Marco.

Smith also appeared on “The Medium,” the independent comedy “One Wish,” and four national commercials.

Last year, in an interview with the Star Beacon, Smith said he likes the West Coast and was busy co-directing a comedy for a TV series called, “Addicts Anonymous.”

Information for this story was reported by the Ashtabula (Ohio) Star Beacon.

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