The model, who is featured on the current and final season of Tyra Banks' hit reality competition, fell asleep at the wheel of his car on 19 October (15) and crashed in La Crescenta.

The vehicle was totalled in the accident, while Sanchez was saved from near-certain death thanks to his car's airbags.

A statement released by his representative to reads: "The car was totaled and he was found lying unconscious on the ground next to the driver's door after attempting to flee from the smoking car. Doctors say that, had the airbags not deployed, the accident would have been fatal. Sanchez's head would have burst through the windshield."

Sanchez, 26, is struggling with facial abrasions and a shoulder injury, and has been diagnosed with "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anterograde amnesia" - a condition that causes an inability to create new memories.

The rep adds, "He's expected to make a full recovery."

The model has since launched a crowdfunding campaign online in a bid to raise $30,000 (£18,750) to help cover his medical costs.