Man charged with killing Alexis Cohen, who auditioned for American Idol 9

The man suspected of hitting and killing American Idol 7 auditioner Alexis Cohen–who’d auditioned for the show a third time this year–was arrested and charged with her death.

Police say Daniel Bark, 23, was fleeing another accident scene when he hit her, and then fled that accident scene: a “police officer on bicycle patrol tried to stop Bark at 3:49 a.m. Saturday after Bark hit a parked car in the lot adjacent to the bar,” and he fled, hitting Alexis, the Star-Ledger reported. He “was charged Sunday night with leaving the scene of an accident, but the prosecutor’s office upgraded the charges today to include aggravated manslaughter, death by auto and eluding.”

Bark’s attorney said he’s on suicide watch. “He’s having an extremely difficult time mentally coming to terms with the fact there’s an allegation that he caused a death. His family wants the victim’s family to know their heart-felt condolences go out to the victim,” David Glassman told the paper.

Before her death, Alexis auditioned for American Idol 9, but only saw the producers since the judges aren’t filming call-backs until early August. Ryan Seacrest wrote on Twitter, “She auditioned for the producers for this season and then the terrible news.”

The Express Times reported that Alexis’ mom said that she went alone to New Jersey to go to Six Flags Great Adventure, and “Mindy Dallow said her daughter was ecstatic about her yet-unseen try for the ninth season of the show and this time chose to sing a country song for the Boston audition.”

Driver faces manslaughter, DWI charges in American Idol contestant’s death [Star-Ledger]
Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Alexis Cohen, killed in N.J. hit-and-run, was awaiting Idol call-back [Express Times]

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