Online clamor over fatal bike crash includes calls for Cook to resign
In the wake of the revelation that Episcopal Bishop Heather Elizabeth Cook drove off after she hit a bicyclist who later died, calls for her to be arrested and to step down from the church hierarchy have been mounting.
The Facebook page “Charge Bishop Heather Cook with Homicide” has 1,804 likes and, at the top of the page right now, is an open letter from cyclist Vince Harriman calling on Cook to resign as Bishop Suffragan.
“This is your chance to say to the world as a person, as a priest, as a bishop, that you believe in what you say about personal responsibility,” Harriman wrote.
Putting extra pressure on Cook is her high-profile spiritual role as the No. 2 official in the Maryland Diocese, serving directly under Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton.
Cook’s own words in sermons have added a ghastly irony to the current situation.
Harriman notes the YouTube video of a November 13 sermon by Cook that has been circulating widely in the days since Sutton identified her as the driver of the car that struck cyclist Thomas Palermo on Roland Avenue last Saturday.