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Friday, January 9, 2015

9 January 2015 A.D. Suffragan Bishop Cook: DUI (BAC=0.22), Vehicular Homocide, Texting While Driving, & Felonious Fleeing Accident Scene

9 January 2015 A.D.  Suffragan Bishop Cook: DUI (BAC=0.22), Vehicular Homocide, Texting While Driving, & Felonious Fleeing Accident Scene

Duncan, Ian & Justin Fenton. “Bishop charged with manslaughter in death of cyclist Thomas Palermo.” Baltimore Sun.  9 Jan 2015.  Accessed 9 Jan 2015.


By Ian Duncan and Justin Fenton The Baltimore Sun


Manslaughter; DUI and texting while driving charges to be filed in death of Thomas Palermo


Bishop Heather Cook facing charges in fatal collision with cyclist

A high-ranking leader in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland was charged Friday with manslaughter for allegedly driving drunk and sending text messages when she struck and killed cyclist Thomas Palermo last month, prosecutors said.
Bishop Suffagan Heather Elizabeth Cook turned herself into police mid-Friday afternoon and was being processed at Central Booking, police said. A court commissioner was expected to determine her bail in the evening, a judiciary spokeswoman said.
She faces numerous other charges including leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving under the influence. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Cook's breath alcohol content was .22, nearly triple the legal limit in Maryland.
Both the manslaughter and leaving the scene charge carry a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.
Mosby said at a news conference Friday that she had met with Palermo's family Thursday to update them on the investigation.
"I've assured them that no one is above the law," she said.
The case has roiled Baltimore's cycling community while casting scrutiny on the Episcopal Diocese, which elevated Cook to its second-highest rank in May despite a 2010 drunken-driving conviction. It also raised questions about the justice system and whether the delay in charges was unusual.
The Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, said in a statement that the organization was "deeply heartbroken over this, and we cry for the Palermo family, our sister Heather and all in the community who are hurting."
The collision happened on the afternoon of Dec. 27 as Palermo was cycling through Roland Park.
Mosby said that both Cook and Palermo were heading south on Roland Avenue when Cook veered into the bike lane and struck Palermo from behind. Palermo was thrown onto the hood of her 2001 Subaru and hit the windshield, Mosby said.
Cook was spotted 30 minutes after the crash heading north on the same street and went home before returning to the scene, Mosby said. She was taken to the Baltimore Police's central district station, where she was given a Breathalyzer test.
Mosby also alleged that Cook was texting at the time of the collision.
The church had previously released a detailed timeline of what they knew about the December crash that made no mention of Cook allegedly being drunk or text messaging.
Sharon J. Tillman, a spokeswoman for the Episcopal Church, said officials were aware Cook had been drinking before the accident and had been texting while driving, but police requested they withhold certain information.
"We were cooperating with police in their investigation throughout," she said.
Cook previously pleaded guilty to a 2010 drunken driving charge on the Eastern Shore in which she registered a .27 blood-alcohol level.
Cook's previous case was not revealed to Episcopal church clerics and laymen who elected her to the post of Bishop Suffragan in May, and the national Episcopal Church has started an investigation, which a former longtime Bishop of Maryland said could lead to Cook being stripped of her position.
Mosby, who took over the State's Attorney's office this week and was just sworn in Thursday night, announced the charges at a packed news conference on Friday morning. The charges come after days of angst among supporters of the 41-year-old Palermo's family, who questioned why Cook had not been more promptly arrested.
Police, defense attorneys and former investigators have said that it is not unusual for such cases — crashes resulting in deaths — to take weeks or even months before charges are filed. But some observers have noted that the elements of the incident that led to charges were known to police and prosecutors on the day of the crash.

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