Hit and Run Accident Involving Bishop, Father of Two Results in Tragic Consequences
Baltimore roadways played host to tragic events recently as a high-ranking member of the Episcopal Church and a father of two were involved in a car versus bicyclist accident. Bishop Heather Cook crashed into Thomas Palermo as he rode his bicycle along a local roadway just a few weekends ago. Rather than stopping to render aid to Mr. Palermo, Bishop Cook fled the scene of the accident, leaving a battered Palermo clinging to life on the side of the road.
Palermo passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the accident, while Baltimore police began building its case against Bishop Cook.
Alcohol may have been a factor
Baltimore police officers believe that alcohol may have played a role in the accident. If that is the case, it isn’t the first time that Bishop Cook has taken to the road in an inebriated state; in 2010 she was charged with DUI. As police officials continue to gather evidence related to the crash, the involvement of alcohol should become clearer.
It is important to note that Bishop Cook faces the potential of a murder charge should it be determined that she was impaired at the time of the accident.
A family left in mourning
According to local press outlets, Thomas Palermo was employed as a senior software engineer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Palermo was also a father of two young children and a loving husband. In his free time, Palermo built performance bicycle frames and took to the road on his bike frequently.
The accident leaves a family struggling to overcome the grief of their sudden loss, and facing a long process of putting lives back together without their loved one.
Coming together to support a family in need
As news of the accident spread throughout the community, several caring individuals and organizations have taken action to provide support for Palermo’s children. A fundraising campaign is well under way, and has raised several thousand dollars for the grieving family.
Finding justice for this avoidable loss
Bishop Cook faces criminal charges, which may range from fleeing the scene of an accident to murder. Cook may also face civil action as the family of the deceased seeks justice for his loss and their altered futures.
In any event, the continuing case will be watched carefully by Baltimore-area residents as additional evidence is uncovered.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident because of another party’s negligent actions, call the personal injury law firm of Mallon & McCool immediately. Call our Baltimore car accident attorneys at (410) 727-7887, toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.