The 19-year-old awaits plastic surgery after a head-on collision last week

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 04, 2006 09:00 AM

Nickelodeon star Drake Bell, of Drake & Josh, is preparing for plastic surgery as he recovers from injuries suffered in a head-on car crash last Thursday, the cable channel said Tuesday.

The 19-year-old’s vintage Mustang was struck as he waited to turn off the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles, Nickelodeon spokeswoman Marianne Romano tells the Associated Press.

The collision fractured his jaw and left him with severe cuts, Romano said, adding that production of the series has been put on hold during his recovery period.

Bell, a Newport Beach native, is “resting at home. He thanks everyone for their concern and well wishes,” said his publicist, Gina Hoffman.

Drake & Josh stars Bell and Josh Peck as mismatched stepbrothers, with Bell as a popular teenager and Peck as a bookish geek.