Clergy Learns More About Fatal Accident Involving Bishop


BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Episcopal Churches of Maryland spoke to the Diocesan clergy Tuesday about the fatal accident that took the life of a Maryland father.

The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland is guided throughout this tragic situation by three core values: accountability, compassion and the rule of law. As we all process and come to understand this tragedy, these values will be our focus.

The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, diocesan bishop of Maryland, invited the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland clergy to a closed meeting to give them information about what we know of the tragic accident, including police and church disciplinary investigations. This meeting allowed clergy to express their feelings, ask questions, and get information to share with their congregations.

The clergy met to learn more about the fatal accident which involved one of their bishops Heather Cook, who fatally struck 41-year-old Tom Palermo with her car while he was biking along Roland Avenue. Cook initially left the scene but then returned.

The Rev. Scott Slater has been speaking to Cook since the accident as she called him after “she thought she had hit a bicyclist and was in shock.”

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