NJ Cop Fatally Hit Man on Highway, Drove Home With The Body

Louis Santiago, a police officer in Newark, was arrested for fatally striking a man, leaving with the victim and returning with the dead body on Nov. 1
Louis Santiago, a police officer in Newark, was arrested for fatally striking a man, leaving with the victim and returning with the dead body on Nov. 1 (Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

According to charges released Wednesday, a Newark police officer fatally struck a guy walking on a highway shoulder, then proceeded to drive around with the man’s body and went to visit his mother for guidance.

Officer Louis Santiago is charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, desecrating or moving human remains, tampering with physical evidence, obstruction, and official misconduct in the death of 29-year-old Damian Dymka on Nov. 1.

Annette Santiago, Santiago’s mother, and Albert Guzman, a passenger in Louis Santiago’s car, were charged with desecrating human remains, obstructing apprehension, conspiracy to obstruct apprehension, and tampering with physical evidence.

Prosecutors say Santiago and Guzman, both 25, were driving on the Garden State Parkway in a 2005 Honda Accord early on Nov. 1 when Santiago, who was off-duty at the time, hit Dymka, who was strolling on the highway’s shoulder.

Rather than calling 911, the pair allegedly fled the scene but later returned and loaded Dymka into the car before heading to Annette Guzman’s house in Bloomfield to debate what to do. They reportedly returned to the scene of the accident with Dymka, a Garfield resident and nurse.

Santiago’s father, a lieutenant in the Newark police department, called 911 to report the accident, according to the prosecutor’s office. By the time state police arrived, Dymka had died.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the three defendants have been released pending their initial court dates. The prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a message asking if any of the three had hired attorneys who could comment on the charges.

Source: NBC Bay Area

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