A Newark police officer has been charged with reckless vehicular murder after prosecutors stated he hit a pedestrian along with his private automobile and briefly took the physique to his house to debate what to do with it along with his mom.
The Newark Police Division officer, Louis Santiago, was off obligation on Nov. 1 when his Honda Accord drifted into the northbound shoulder of the Backyard State Parkway round 3 a.m., the Essex County Prosecutor’s Workplace stated in a information launch on Wednesday. His automobile struck Damian Z. Dymka, 29, a nurse from Bergen County.
Neither Mr. Santiago nor the passenger in his automobile, Albert Guzman, each 25, referred to as 911 or rendered assist to Mr. Dymka, the prosecutor’s workplace stated. As a substitute, Mr. Santiago left and returned to the scene a number of occasions earlier than loading the sufferer into the Honda and driving to his house in Bloomfield, N.J. The 2 males then mentioned what to do with the physique with Mr. Santiago’s mom, Annette Santiago, 53, in accordance with the prosecutor.
Mr. Santiago ultimately returned to the scene, the prosecutor’s workplace stated. Mr. Santiago’s father, a lieutenant within the Newark Police Division, additionally referred to as 911 to report that his son had been in an accident.
When the state police arrived, they discovered Mr. Dymka’s physique within the Honda’s again seat.
Mr. Santiago, Mr. Guzman and Ms. Santiago have been arrested, charged and launched on circumstances, the workplace added.
Along with vehicular murder, Mr. Santiago faces fees together with leaving the scene of a lethal accident, endangering an injured sufferer and two counts of official misconduct.
Mr. Guzman and Ms. Santiago every face fees of hindering apprehension and conspiracy to desecrate human stays and tamper with bodily proof.
The discharge from the prosecutors workplace didn’t title Mr. Santiago’s father or point out when he had referred to as 911. It additionally didn’t say when Mr. Dymka died or why he had been within the shoulder of the Backyard State Parkway in the course of the night time.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Workplace and the Newark Police Division couldn’t instantly be reached for remark early Thursday morning.
Mr. Dymka was a nursing supervisor on the Preakness Healthcare Heart in Wayne, N.J., in accordance with the middle’s web site.