A singer who was a contestant on the reality competition “American Idol” died over the weekend in a motorcycle crash. TMZ reports that Haley Smith was killed early Saturday morning when she crashed her motorcycle in Millinocket, Maine. She was 26.
Police said it appeared she failed to make a sharp turn on a residential road tthat turns into a highway in certain sections. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Her father, Mike Smith, tells TMZ … Haley was riding on a country road and her family believes a deer might’ve caused the accident — as he implied she was a good rider, and they doubt she simply lost control of her bike,” the report notes.
TMZ adds: “Haley’s time on ‘AI’ was relatively brief in 2012, when she auditioned in Colorado during season 11. She didn’t make it beyond the second Hollywood round, but Haley certainly left an impression on the judges at the time in her audition.
“She sang Rufus and Chaka Khan’s ‘Tell Me Something Good,’ putting a folksy twist on it that left Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler pretty impressed.”
You can see the clip of the audition below …