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Heather Cook, Drunk Driving Woman Bishop, Indicted on 13 Charges in Fatal Hit-and-Run

By    |   Thursday, 05 Feb 2015 05:48 AM

Heather Cook, the woman bishop in the second-highest position in Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, has been indicted by a Baltimore grand jury on 13 charges related to the fatal hit-and-run that killed a cyclist.

Cook was indicted on 13 counts alleging that she struck Thomas Palermo, a 41-year-old married father of two, on Dec. 27, then fled the scene, according to The Associated Press.

Police said her blood-alcohol content was .22 not long after the crash; nearly three times the legal limit of .08 in Maryland.

The charges she was indicted on are as follows:
  • Automobile Manslaughter
  • Manslaughter by vehicle or vessel – criminally negligent homicide
  • Homicide by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, per se
  • Homicide by motor vehicle while impaired
  • Failure to stop the vehicle as close as possible to the scene of the accident & failure to remain at scene of the accident that might result in death
  • Failure to stop the vehicle as close as possible to the scene of the accident & failure to remain at scene of the accident that might result in serious bodily injury
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol, per se
  • Driving while impaired
  • Texting while driving during an accident that results in death or serious bodily injury
  • Texting while driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Negligent driving
Cook was consecrated in September as bishop suffragan, despite reports of alcohol problems and a 2010 DUI. The church has put her on leave and is investigating her conduct.

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