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UPDATE: Teacher killed in hit-and-run near Orland Square Mall; cops promise driver, 'We will find you'

UPDATE: Teacher killed in hit-and-run near Orland Square Mall; cops promise driver, 'We will find you'

Orland Square Mall

Police responded to a a hit-and-run crash at the Orland Square Mall on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 in Orland. 

ORLAND PARK — The Orland Park Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run crash that left one teacher dead and another injured Wednesday evening near Orland Square Mall.

Police were dispatched to the area about 8 p.m. and found the women lying in a parking lot just outside Square Celt Ale House at 39 Orland Square Drive. The two were leaving a staff Christmas party there.

The women — both teachers at St. Michael School in Orland Park — were taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Illinois. Rone Leja, 61, soon succumbed to her injuries. The other woman, Elizabeth Kosteck, 54, has since been treated and released. 

"This is an active investigation. If you are (the) driver of that vehicle we will find you," police said in a Facebook post late Wednesday. "You can turn yourself in at the Orland Park Police Department or call us and we will provide the transportation."

Police ask anyone with information to call the department at 708-349-4111 or email

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.

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