LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The Episcopal bishop who struck and killed bicyclist Tom Palermo with her car while driving under the influence in December is now being asked to resign from her post, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland announced Wednesday.

The church says it sent Heather Cook’s lawyer a letter on Tuesday requesting her to resign immediately “given recent events.”

Cook was charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and texting while driving, among other charges earlier this month.

According to prosecutors, Cook left the scene for 30 minutes before returning, and registered a blood-alcohol content of .22 percent after the wreck. Palermo died of a head injury at a nearby hospital later that day.

“It was clear that our lay and clergy leaders on the Standing Committee felt that the best interests of the diocese would be served were Heather to resign. Since this does not impede the Episcopal Church’s investigation into the matter, it is my hope Heather will see the wisdom in this recommendation,” the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton said in a statement from the diocese.

Enlarge the image below to read the Standing Committee’s full letter to Cook.

Letter courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

Letter courtesy of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

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