One American Idol hopeful died and five other people returning from auditions held in Philadelphia on Sunday were injured in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 95 near Philadelphia, according to police.
The woman who died was Natasha Bellott of Bloomfield, N.J. She had just turned twenty, and was found with her American Idol ticket still in her pocket. There’s no information about her audition, or if she had moved on to the next phase of competition. News outlets reached out to Idol producers, who have yet to release a statement.
Leslie McCoy, 19, of Monclair, N.J., is hospitalized at St. Mary Medical Center with a head injury and fractured ribs.
Carl Delpolito, 24, of Bloomfield, N.J., and Jacob Gorski, 18, of East Orange, N.J., were being treated at Capital Health Hospital in Trenton. Both suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The unidentified female driver, 17, from Belleville, N.J., and another female passenger, 16, from Bloomfield, N.J., were being treated at Capital Health for non-life-threatening injuries.
According to State police, the crash happened after the Jeep’s driver passed another vehicle in the right shoulder of I-95 North at high speed.
The SUV then crossed both northbound lanes into the grassy median and rolled several times, ejecting three of the people inside.