Arrest in ex-'Idol' contestant death

July 27, 2009 2:45:42 PM PDT
A Toms River man faces aggravated manslaughter and drunken driving charges after a weekend accident at the Jersey shore that killed a former "American Idol" contestant whose angry rejection rant became an Internet sensation. Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Ford announced the upgraded charges Monday shortly after 23-year-old Daniel Bark had an initial court hearing on charges of reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

Alexis Cohen was killed when she was struck by a motor vehicle early Saturday in Seaside Heights. The 24-year-old Allentown, Pa., resident performed during "American Idol's" seventh season.

Bark was arrested Sunday.

Defense attorney David Glassman said Bark and his family are distraught over Cohen's death.

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Information from: Asbury Park Press

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