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 — A retired priest attending the same Christmas party as two teachers involved in a Wednesday hit-and-run is charged with aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, The Times media partner NBC 5 Chicago reports.

Police charged 73-year-old Paul C. Burak with both felonies. He was taken into custody Friday night, NBC reports. 

Burak was a pastor at St. Michael Parish in Orland Park, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

"We are cooperating with the Orland Park Police and have no further information at this time," the statement said. "As a community we continue to grieve the loss of Ms. Leja and the injury to Mrs. Kosteck. We again offer our heartfelt condolences, support and sympathy to their families and are keeping them and all affected by this tragedy in our prayers."

Officials said a light-colored suspected vehicle was seized around 4 p.m. Thursday in a garage on Canterbury Court in Palos Heights, NBC reports.

The two teachers were walking out of Square Celt Ale House, 39 Orland Square Drive, when they were hit by a vehicle. 61-year-old Rone Leja, an instructor at St. Michael School in Orland Park, died after being transported to the hospital. The other teacher, a 54-year-old, was hospitalized in serious condition, but later released.

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