One of my favorite “American Idol” contestants–Alexis Cohen–passed away Saturday morning after being hit by a car in Seaside Heights, NJ (full story). The 24 year-old Allentown native was known for her, uh, rambunctious behavior during her “Season 7” audition. Those of us living in the Lehigh Valley were just proud that Alexis was all ours. She also auditioned in “Season 8”–much calmer and much more polite (but not nearly as fun). I’m going to miss Alexis Cohen, not only because she was a hoot on “American Idol,” but also because her death reminds me of the fragility of life. Alexis chased her dream, and did something most of us would never dare–she tried out for “American Idol” twice! Even after being rejected by the judges the first time, she came back a second time to try again. I love that about Alexis Cohen, and that’s what I’ll remember about her (plus, giving Simon a double middle finger salute–can’t forget that). Rest in peace, Alexis. Be at peace.
Update: Twenty-three year-old Daniel Bark of Toms River, NJ has been arrested for reckless driving and leaving the scene of the accident that took the life of Alexis Cohen. (Full story) It’s hard for me to fathom hitting a person with my car and then driving away…unless you’re too high or drunk to notice.