Former American Idol contestant Alexis Cohen was killed in a hit-and-run this weekend in New Jersey, officials confirm.
Cohen, 25, was struck early Saturday morning in Seaside Heights. She was found around 4 a.m. by two passerby who called 911, Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office tells the Morning Call newspaper of her hometown, Allentown, Penn.
She was pronounced dead at 6:35 a.m. at the Community Medical Center in Toms River, N.J. Autopsy results show she suffered chest, head and abdominal injuries, Mohel says.
Autopsy reports show her death was caused by injuries to the head, abdomen and chest, he said. Her death has been listed as vehicular homicide.
"Everything is under investigation. Nobody is in custody," he said.
Cohen's car was found parked in a free parking lot near Mathis Bridge and Route 35, roughly 300 yards from where she was found.
Dupont Avenue is a busy street, and at least 15 bars are located within blocks of where Cohen was killed, Mohel said.
"In the summertime, Seaside Heights is a busy town," he said.
Mohel says an investigation into the hit-and-run is ongoing.
Cohen auditioned for the seventh season in Philadelphia in 2007, but the show didn't air until January 2008. Idol cameras followed her to to her Allentown, Penn. studio apartment, which she shared with her mother, two cats and her dog.
"I march to the beat of a different drummer," admitted the memorable contestant. After Simon Cowell didn't vote her through to Hollywood, Cohen ranted he was "egotistical" and declared she was going into acting.
She later appeared on The View, Live With Regis and Kelly and Howard Stern's radio show.
Cohen unsuccessfully tried out again during Idol's eighth season.