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By Paige Ferrari

The driver arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of former "American Idol" contestant, Alexis Cohen, is planning on fighting the charges.

"There will be a not guilty plea entered across the board for all of the complaints," said Daniel Glassman, lawyer for 23-year-old suspect Daniel Bark.

"We don't know what [Cohen's] state of affairs were, her physical condition was, if she walked into the vehicle," added the lawyer. "We don't know about the lighting in the area, there are a myriad of factors."

What we do know is that Cohen, 25, -- best known to "Idol" viewers as the repeat-auditioner who gave Simon Cowell a one-fingered salute -- was leaving Hemingway's Bar in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, around 4.am. when she was struck and killed, allegedly by Bark's vehicle.

According to early reports, Bark hit Cohen as he was fleeing the scene from another accident.

Since Cohen's death, Bark has been charged with aggravated manslaughter, death by vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident. He is currently in an Ocean City jail with bail set at $150,000.

Speaking on behalf of his client's family, Glassman said, "It's a horrible situation, and they want to make sure the victim's family knows how sorry they are that their daughter was killed."

"American Idol" judge Paula Abdul has also expressed her condolences, writing via Twitter: "My heart goes out to the family of Alexis Cohen. She showed great courage at "Idol" and lets send our prayers to her family now."

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