A Newark Police Officer struck and killed a nurse together with his automobile after which drove the physique to his mom’s home looking for recommendation earlier than returning to the scene with the physique, officers stated on Wednesday.
Louis Santiago, 25, of Bloomfield was arrested and charged with reckless vehicular murder, desecrating human stays and different costs after he hit and killed 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka, of Garfieldon the Backyard State Parkway, in response to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Workplace.
Santiago’s mom, 53-year-old Annette Santiago, and passenger Albert Guzman, 25, had been charged with conspiracy to desecrate human stays, hindering apprehension and conspiracy to hinder apprehension and tamper with bodily proof.
On Monday, Nov. 1 round 3 a.m. Santiago — who was off responsibility on the time — was driving a 2005 Honda Accord northbound on the Parkway close to exit 151 when he drifted from his lane into the fitting shoulder and struck and killed Dymka, prosecutors stated.
Neither Santiago nor Guzman known as 911 or tried to help the person, officers stated, however returned to the scene a number of instances earlier than Santiago loaded Dymka’s physique into his automobile. The 2 drove to Santiago’s dwelling in Bloomfield, the place they mentioned what to do with the physique.
Santiago then returned to the scene as his father — a lieutenant within the Newark Police Division — known as 911 and reported that his son was in an accident. Police arrived and located Dymka’s lifeless physique within the again seat of the Accord.
Along with vehicular murder, Santiago’s moreover charged with leaving the scene of a crash leading to demise, endangering an injured sufferer, desecrating/transferring human stays, hindering one’s personal apprehension, conspiracy to hinder prosecution, tampering with bodily proof, obstructing the administration of legislation, and two counts of official misconduct.
All three have been launched with circumstances, in response to the Prosecutor’s workplace.