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'Shock' doesn't excuse leaving the scene of an accident

There should be little doubt that anyone who crashes into a person properly riding their bicycle in a designated bike lane would be "in shock" at having caused such a horrible circumstance to occur. ("Church: Maryland bishop who left scene of fatal crash was 'in shock,'" Jan. 7). Being in shock, however, does not explain someone's moral depravity in refusing to stop and provide or seek help for the person they struck. For a religious leader like Bishop Suffragan Heather Elizabeth Cook to leave the scene of a crash and drive herself home leaving Thomas Palermo lying in the street and dying from his injuries — no amount of shock excuses this complete lack of moral responsibility.

Keith S. Franz, Towson

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