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Diocese: US bishop responsible in fatal hit-and-run

Diocese: Maryland bishop was driver in hit-and-run that killed bicyclist; no word on charges

Diocese: US bishop responsible in fatal hit-and-run

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Episcopal Church of Maryland says its first female bishop was the driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Baltimore.

Diocese spokeswoman Sharon Tillman confirmed Monday that Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook was the driver in the Saturday afternoon crash in which 41-year-old Tom Palermo was killed.

On Monday, a small makeshift memorial sat by the roadside where Palermo was killed. The road included a designated bike lane.

Neither Cook nor her attorney, David Irwin, responded to emails and calls for comment Monday.

In an email Sunday, diocese Bishop Eugene Sutton told clergy members that Cook initially left the scene but returned about 20 minutes later "to take responsibility for her actions."

He says Cook is on administrative leave from the diocese's No. 2 spot.

It's unclear whether she'll face charges.