Former American Idol contestant killed

Jul 29, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. ET

American Idol is one of America's top shows, a fan favorite no doubt. When a tragedy strikes one of its former contestants, it strikes a chord among all of us.

Alexis Cohen will be missed from the American Idol tryouts this yearAmerican Idol contestant Alexis Cohen from Allentown, Pennsylvania auditioned for American Idol during both its seventh and eighth seasons of the show. She auditioned a third time in June and was waiting a call-back. During her previous auditions she typically wore large star-shaped earrings, jeans and a black T-shirt with a design that embodied colorful glitter. She later said that she likes glitter and "things that shine."

The tenacious singer became known as "Glitter Girl" and sadly, was killed in New Jersey after being hit by a car in a hit and run accident.

Simon Cowell recently spoke out about the tragedy to the American Idol family. "I was incredibly sad to hear the news about Alexis," said Idol judge Cowell. "She was one of the contestants I will always remember. She had a big personality and a big heart. My thoughts are now with her family and friends."

Alexis' mother said that her daughter was walking to get something to eat when she was struck by the car in Toms River, NJ. Two passers-by found her body on Bay Boulevard at around 4 am. Two hours later she was pronounced dead.

Daniel Bark was charged with leaving the scene of the accident that killed the twenty-five year-old woman. A judge expects additional charges of aggravated manslaughter, death by auto and eluding to be added to the list of charges.

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