According to the Asbury Park Press, a man has been charged with the hit-and-run death of former American Idol hopeful Alexis Cohen. Police arrested 23-year-old New Jersey native Daniel Bark Sunday evening and charged him with both causing Alexis Cohen’s death by reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. If convicted, Daniel Bark – who is being held at the Ocean County jail in Toms River – faces up to 15 years in jail.
Alexis Cohen was killed early Saturday morning in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. A couple of passersby spotted her lifeless body lying in the street and called 911 (Cohen’s body lay about 350 yards away from her car, which was parked in a nearby lot). Sadly, Alexis Cohen was pronounced dead a couple hours later at the Community Medical Center in Toms River, New Jersey.
That the death of Alexis Cohen is a popular search topic on the Web this morning is a testament to both the popularity of American Idol in general, and the memorability of Alexis Cohen (a two-time Idol hopeful) in particular. “Alexis Cohen death,” “Alexis Cohen Youtube,” and “Alexis Cohen rant” are just some of the phrases that Idol fans are typing into search engines in an effort to learn more about her tragic death.
Americans tend to admire and respect a fighter; they are drawn to people who never give up. They love a rugged individualist. And Alexis Cohen was all of the above. At her first Idol audition in 2007, she announced that she “marched to the beat of a different drummer.” Indeed she did. (Of course, that she had some entertaining run-ins with the acerbic Simon Cowell only increased her stock in the minds of many Idol fans).
And she was courageous.
People who leave the scene of an accident, on the other hand, are profound cowards. A hit-and-run driver is beyond reprehensible. It is this writer’s view that if convicted of the hit-and-run death of Alexis Cohen, Daniel Bark should serve more than 15 years in jail. A lot more.
The death of Alexis Cohen may remind some of those who live in Los Angeles of the tragic death of Adrian Bachan, a 19-year-old USC student. In March, she was killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing a street near the USC campus in the wee hours of the morning. Her friend, Marcus Garfinkle was seriously injured in the incident.
The driver actually drove off while Garfinkle was still lodged on the car’s windshield. Witnesses then saw a man in the passenger seat get out of the car, pull Garfinkle from the hood and get back in the car. The car then sped off.
Thankfully, both the driver and passenger (a husband and wife) were later arrested for the heinous crime.
Man arrested in ‘Idol’ hopefuls death, Joshua Riley, APP.com
Hit and run driver kills USC student, USAtoday.com