American Idol alum John Stevens was hit by a van while jogging in Chelsea, Mass., last week.
According to the Boston Globe, Stevens, who finished sixth on American Idol Season 3, was jogging with earbuds in when he was hit. He suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm and deafness in his right ear. The driver was not charged.
"Thank you to everyone who has been calling, texting and messaging," Stevens wrote in a Facebook post on June 25. "Early this week I was hit by a van while out for a run and suffered a fractured skull and dislocated and broken arm. Among other injuries and disorders I'm dealing with, it appears I will have some, if not total deafness in my right ear. The staff at Mass General were above and beyond anything I could've ever asked for. My parents have taken me back to Buffalo for a couple weeks to heal and recover from the accident since I won't be able to work. Thank you very much for all of the well wishes and prayers. It truly means a lot to me."
Stevens, who was 16 when he competed on Idol in 2004, stood out with his traditional pop crooning, heavily influenced by Dean Martin. At the time, he was the youngest contestant to make the American Idol finals. He finished ahead of eventual Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. His season was eventually won by Fantasia Barrino.