Haley Smith, a former "American Idol" candidate, died Saturday morning at the age of 26, TMZ reported Tuesday. "The police say it does not seem to have made a sharp turn along a residential road, which in certain sections becomes a freeway, and police say it was declared dead at the scene."
Haley's father, Mike Smith, told TMZ "Haley was traveling on a country road and her family believes that a deer caused the accident – as he suggested, she was a good driver, and she doubts that she's just the one Lost control of their bike. "
Haley spoke before Season 11 of the successful FOX show at the age of 18 with a rendition of Rufus and Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good." She made it to Hollywood and impressed the judges, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
Her audition video on YouTube was flooded with commentary: "I've met Halley in recent months and she'll be very missed," wrote one person. "