Baltimore, MD- An investigation has revealed that the high-ranking Episcopal Bishop responsible for killing a bicyclist was not only drunk when the accident occurred, but was also texting. As a result, Baltimore police have now charged Bishop Suffragan Heather Elizabeth Cook with manslaughter in connection to the late December crash.
Bishop Cook turned herself into police last Friday after being charged with several counts including manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Cook was driving in a local park on December 27th when she struck a bicyclist, 41 year-old Tom Palermo as he cycled through the park. Instead of stopping and offering aid, Cook fled the scene but was quickly located by the cyclist who found Palermo on the sidewalk.
That cyclist eventually located Cook, identifying her by her smashed windshield and followed her to her gated community. He abandoned the pursuit and called police.Cook returned to the accident scene and was eventually taken to the police station where she submitted to a breath test.
Palermo suffered a traumatic head injury and died as a result.
Last Friday, the diocese released a statement revealing that Cook was texting and was impaired when the accident occurred.
It was later revealed that Cook had a prior DUI arrest from 2010, which the Baltimore Sun said was not revealed to Episcopal clerics.
Palermo leaves behind a wife and two children.
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