Days of Our Lives actor Freddie Smith–known for his role as Will Horton’s husband Sonny Kiriakis–was involved in a serious car accident back in October, that left his girlfriend, Alyssa Tabit, critically injured. Smith was charged with driving under the influence at the time of the crash. It was in Kingsville Township, Ohio, that the actor lost control of his vehicle, crossed the center line, and flipped the car. Tabit was flown by helicopter to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio. Freddie Smith sustained minor injuries.
It was back in December that the Days of Our Lives actor pleaded guilty for driving under the influence, as well as to felony vehicular assault. This past Wednesday, he apologized in court for his crimes, and was sentenced to two years’ probation.
In addition to probation, Freddie Smith must pay $1,400 in fines, pass a driver’s intervention class, and speak to students in every high school in Ashtabula County, Ohio, of the perils of drinking and driving. He has lost his license to drive for one year.
“I understand it didn’t just affect me, but everyone,” Smith said in court. “I will never ever drive and drink again. It was a mistake. I am grateful Alyssa (Tabit) and I are alive and she’s going to be OK.”
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There was no new information on Alyssa Tabit’s condition, other than word that she is ‘healing.’ At the time of the crash she was in critical condition. She underwent surgery shortly thereafter. Tabit’s mother spoke out in defense of the Days of Our Lives actor in court on Wednesday.
“I ask that you not send Freddie to prison; he made a huge mistake, a major life lesson for him,” she said. “He’s been right there to help her.”
Tabit’s mother said Alyssa also would have been in court to support Freddie Smith, but had a doctor’s appointment in North Hollywood, California, where the couple lives. The two were attending a wedding in Ohio when the crash took place.
Hopefully the notoriety Freddie Smith has from starring on Days of Our Lives will prompt the high school students he speaks with to take him seriously. Hopefully Smith realizes how fortunate he is that he and his girlfriend are alive to see him serve his probation and the other mandates that accompany it.
Freddie Smith–in his role as Sonny Kiriakis–undergoes surgery following a beating, in the following Days of Our Lives clip.