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Prosecutor: Suspect was fleeing police when he hit 'American Idol' contestant

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Daniel Bark, 23, of Toms River, NJ has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder for the hit-and-run collision that killed former American Idol auditioner Alexis Cohen on July 25the New York Daily News reports. Police say Bark allegedly hit Cohen with his 2005 Mitsubishi Gallant before fleeing the scene. Bail was set at $35,000; Bark faces 10 to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Update: Authorities now say that Bark, the suspect in Cohen’s hit-and-run death, was fleeing police when he struck and killed the aspiring singer, People magazine reports. Bark, who has a previous DUI on his record, collided with a parked car in Seaside Heights, N.J., around 3:49 a.m., county prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said today. The suspect then reportedly failed to stop when a police officer on a bicycle commanded, allegedly hitting Cohen with his vehicle as he was fleeing. As a result, prosecutors have also filed additional charges of aggravated manslaughter, death by auto and eluding police. Bark already has a 2004 conviction for driving under the influence.