Md. diocese calls for bishop who killed cyclist to resign
BALTIMORE (AP) — An Episcopal Diocese of Maryland panel is calling for the resignation of a bishop charged with killing a cyclist in Baltimore while driving drunk.
The diocese said in a statement Wednesday that its standing committee, which provides counsel to Diocesan Bishop Eugene Sutton, asked Heather Cook to resign.
As suffragan bishop, Cook is the second-highest bishop in the diocese. The church is investigating her for possible discipline, and she cannot resign her title of bishop during that process. But the standing committee says she should resign from employment with the diocese.
Cook is charged with manslaughter, drunken driving and texting while driving. Cook fatally struck Thomas Palermo with her car on Dec. 27.
Cook’s attorney says he and his client are analyzing the resignation request. He declined to comment further.