According to court documents, Burak did admit to drinking at the Christmas party before getting into his vehicle.
Prosectors said a witness took a picture of his license plate and told Burak to go back to the scene. Court records show Burak drove back to the restaurant and hit the bumper of a car while attempting a three-point turn.
At that time, A St. Michael’s priest came out of the restaurant and ended up driving Burak home. Police said no one realized what happened close by.Defense attorneys said Burak has Parkinson’s disease and glaucoma.
Surveillance video captured the entire incident. Police said Saturday that the car in question was located Thursday and the owner of the vehicle was taken into custody that same day.It is unknown whether or not Burak knew the two teachers. Burak appeared in court Saturday where bond was set at $10,000. The Chicago Archdiocese issued the following statement:
The Orland Park Police have announced that the retired pastor of St. Michael Parish in Orland Park, Fr. Paul Burak, has been charged in the December 4 accident that took the life of Margaret (Rone) Leja and injured Elizabeth Kosteck, both teachers at St. Michael School (Orland Park). We are cooperating with the Orland Park Police and have no further information at this time. 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.