Chicago area priest charged in fatal hit-and-run has died

Rev. Paul Burak – Photo Cook County Sheriff’s Office

CHICAGO (AP) — A retired suburban Chicago priest charged in the 2019 death of a woman after he allegedly struck her with his car as she walked from a holiday party has died. The Archdiocese of Chicago says 74-year-old Paul Burak died Monday at his Orland Park home. No cause of death has been released. Burak was scheduled to appear in court the next day.  He had pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury after the accident in which 61-year-old Margaret “Rone”Leja was killed and another woman injured.