The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland said a newly ordained bishop, Heather Cook, was the driver allegedly responsible for a hit-and-run accident that killed a bicyclist on December 27 in Baltimore, the NY Daily News website reports today (December 30, 2014).
The Right Reverend Eugene Sutton identified Cook -- who was ordained a bishop last September -- in an email. "I am distressed to announce that Bishop Heather E. Cook was involved in a traffic accident Saturday afternoon that resulted in the death of bicyclist Thomas Palermo, 41," Sutton wrote.
Cook, 58, fled the scene initially. She returned 20 minutes later after she was chased by other cyclists, who copied he vehicle registration number. Cook has been placed on administrative leave.
Cook had been charged with DUI (driving under the influence) and with possession of marijuana in 2010, according to the Caroline County Sheriff's Department, the Baltimore Sun reported.