NJ man arrested in death of ex-`American Idol’ contestant Alexis Cohen

July 27, 2009

(ChattahBox) — It didn’t take long for police to make an arrest in the death of “American Idol” former contestant Alexis Cohen. Authorities have arrested a New Jersey man Sunday in the hit-and-run death of Cohen at the Jersey Shore.

Cohen, famous for her defiance of the show’s judges who twice rejected her, was killed in the early morning hours Sunday police said.  Cohen, 25, was found lying unconscious at about 4 a.m. in Seaside Heights, NJ.  Cohen, was pronounced dead at a Toms River, N.J., hospital Saturday hours later, and her death had been declared vehicular homicide, The Newark (N.J. Star-Ledger reported.

Daniel Bark, 23, of Toms River is now accused of hitting Cohen while driving his 2005 Mitsubishi Gallant and leaving the scene of the predawn Saturday accident, according to police. He was charged with second-degree manslaughter, and faces 10 to 15 years in prison if convicted.  Bail was set at $35,000, authorities said.

Investigators said Cohen, 25, who is from Allentown, Pa., had been visiting the popular beach town. Cohen garnered instant notoriety in January 2008 following her televised appearance on an “American Idol” audition show as she was mockingly dismissed by Simon Cowell as the Green Goblin. She responded with a profanity-laced commentary. She returned in January for a repeat audition that again ended in profanity.  A video of her angry rant went viral on the Internet. She capitalized on her failures with appearances on TV shows such as “Extra,” “Live with Regis and Kelly” and “The View.”

Source: NYDaily News


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