Update on Roland Park Hit-and-Run

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Image via WBAL
Image via WBAL

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.

+A memorial bike ride in Palermo’s honor took place last night. More events are being planned as well. In the meantime, stay safe out there, cyclists.

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  1. One correction- the memorial bike ride and vigil is this Thursday, 1/1 at 3:30 pm. Here are the details:

    Please join friends of Tom Palermo and the bicycle community for a memorial ride and vigil on Thursday, January 1st, 2015.

    For those riding, please meet at 3:30pm at Bishop Square Park on the northwest corner of the intersection of Charles and University, adjacent from the Cathedral of the Incarnation.

    After a moment of silence for Tom, we will ride to the scene of the crash at 5700 Roland Avenue to place a white memorial bicycle in honor of Tom. Friends and members of the community who are not riding bicycles can meet us at this location.

    We will then depart south on Roland Avenue toward Hampden to informally gather in celebration of Tom’s life at Gallery 788 and De Kleine Duivel.

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