On Saturday afternoon, a hit-and-run claimed the life of Tom Palermo, a father, husband, and treasured member of the local bike community. Here’s what we know so far:
+The driver of the Subaru that hit Palermo has been identified as Heather Elizabeth Cook. She has not yet been charged with a crime.
+Cook did indeed leave the scene and return to her home in a nearby gated community. She came back to the scene of the accident about 20 minutes later. Judging from photos, her car windshield was severely damaged in the accident.
+Cook became Maryland’s first female Episcopal bishop this September, making her the second-highest ranking church official in the state.
+Four years ago, Cook was caught driving drunk in Caroline County. At that point, her BAC was .27 — more than three times the legal limit in the state. Along with bottles of wine and whiskey in her car, police found marijuana. Cook received probation but was not formally charged. It is not yet known whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in Saturday’s accident.
+Cook has been placed on administrative leave from the church for the moment.
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