Friday, January 9, 2015

Bishop to be charged in cyclist's death

White bike placed near the crash site on Jan. 1
The woman who killed Thomas Palermo in Baltimore, Bishop Heather Cook, has been charged with manslaughter. Ms. Cook left the scene of the crash and returned some time later. It was disclosed today that she had a blood alcohol level of .22, almost triple the legal limit in Maryland of .08. She was also texting when the crash occurred.

From the Baltimore Sun article Bishop to be charged with manslaughter in death of cyclist Thomas Palermo:
Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook will be charged with manslaughter in the fatal crash that killed cyclist Thomas Palermo, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced Friday morning.

 Cook will face charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident; driving under the influence and causing an accident due to texting while driving. Both the manslaughter and leaving the scene charge carry a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.

 A warrant will be issued for Cook's arrest, prosecutors said.

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