Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Heather Cook pleads guilty in bicyclist's death

From Baltimore-

Former Maryland Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook pleaded guilty Tuesday in the 2014 death of a bicyclist.

In court Tuesday afternoon, Cook admitted she was drunk and distracted when she hit and killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo last December.

Cook admitted that, two days after Christmas, she mowed over Palermo on Roland Avenue in north Baltimore. He died of head injuries. Cook's blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit at 0.22 percent. She was texting at the time and kept going after the crash, returning to the scene more than half an hour later.

Cook's lawyer, David Irwin, said the former episcopal bishop pleaded guilty to help speed closure for the Palermo family.

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