8:36 am - 07/27/2009

Man arrested in 'Idol' hopeful's death

SEASIDE HEIGHTS — Police arrested a 23-year-old Toms River man in connection with the death of "American Idol" contestant Alexis Cohen.

Daniel Bark was arrested at 6 p.m. Sunday in Atlantic Highlands on charges of causing Cohen's death by reckless driving and then leaving the scene of the collision.

If convicted, Bark could serve 10 to 15 years. Bark is being held in the Ocean County Jail in Toms River in lieu of $35,000 bail.

The "American Idol" hopeful was killed after a motor vehicle struck her early Saturday morning and was found 350 yards from the Bay Boulevard lot where police found her car.

The nature of Alexis Cohen's abdomen, chest and head injuries led police to rule the cause of her death was vehicular homicide, police said.

It is unclear whether Alexis Cohen, 24, of Allentown, Pa., had been returning to her car when she was struck, said Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.

Police were notified at 5:05 a.m. Saturday by a driver and passenger who saw the body while passing the intersection of Bay Boulevard and Dupont Avenue, Mohel said.

Earlier news reports stated police were notified around 4 a.m.

Cohen was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m., police said.

Mohen said "an extensive investigation" led to Bark's arrest.

"American Idol" viewers might remember her angry yet empowered, partially censored post-rejection rant aired during the show's seventh season.

Last year for Season 8, she also auditioned unsuccessfully.

Mohel was contacted about Cohen's death Sunday by a slew of media organizations, including CNN, MSNBC, NBC, People magazine, FOX News and the New York Daily News, he said.

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arrivetoolate 27th-Jul-2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
It's always so weird when I hear about people I've seen/heard on tv dying.

For example, my world will end the day the voice of Ariel dies, ngl.
monte_j90 27th-Jul-2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
I laughed D:

but ia
herestotears 27th-Jul-2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
Apparently he wasn't a fan. :/
arrivetoolate 27th-Jul-2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
herestotears 27th-Jul-2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm judging me too bb.
reddressorblue 27th-Jul-2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
beccaztr0n 27th-Jul-2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
i lol'd
iuzila 27th-Jul-2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
i love your icon!
__papillon 27th-Jul-2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
reddressorblue 27th-Jul-2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
How sad. We have a family friend whose daughter was killed in a hit-and-run several months ago. I'm really sorry for her family and friends.
karmapearl 27th-Jul-2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I remember her.
donkey_booty 27th-Jul-2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
omg i live around there
medallion 27th-Jul-2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
I do too! And then my friend bitched when I was like an hour late hearing about the story.
haligh___haligh 27th-Jul-2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
me too! i live in toms river like 5 minutes from seaside. scary.
wecouldburnburn 27th-Jul-2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I used to live in TR, moved away last year to LA.
pavonine 27th-Jul-2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
i'm like fifteen minutes away from highlands. it's so eerie to hear about shit like this happening locally.
blind_the_skies 27th-Jul-2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
Reppin OC baby!

haha, I don't live there anymore, but i grew up there and my parents still live there. I saw this in the Asbury Park Press and said to myself "oh man, i hope no one has posted this to ONTD yet so i can!" which is kind of sad, but whatever
bestillmyxheart 27th-Jul-2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
simon will be sad.
lime_skittles 27th-Jul-2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think he ~does~ sad. Probably sorry to hear the news, but I doubt he's sad over it.
idrankhemlock 27th-Jul-2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
how weird
ekrelly 27th-Jul-2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
That's so sad. :(
xangie24x 27th-Jul-2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way... I just let people pass me. You would be surprised by the accidents I almost witness because someone cuts a car off and then that car goes to cut that car off. It's stupid.
hoitytoity 27th-Jul-2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
omg i know. one time i merged onto a highway and accidentally cut it a little too close and the fucker pulled up in front of me and slammed on his breaks then flipped me off. i was disgusted. it was an accident that i cut him off so closely- not even close enough to do a brake check actually, and he feels the need to weave around traffic just to give me a scare? had i slammed into his redneck truck my daughter and i could have gotten hurt.

people are ridiculous. of course, you flash them a badge and they go cowering away. lol
aprilfunk 27th-Jul-2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Oh no! :( That's sad. Ugh, just horrible.
michechan 27th-Jul-2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
This is such a horrible way to go. Poor girl. :[
startsstopping 27th-Jul-2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
What the fuck kind of scumbag do you have to be to hit someone with you car and just disappear? JFC
iamvogue 27th-Jul-2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
I wonder how they figured out it was his car...? Anyway, I hope whoever hit her and left the scene goes to jail for a very long time.
shutterdragon 27th-Jul-2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
wow that's so awful D:
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