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Newark officer struck pedestrian with his car and brought body home, prosecutors say

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A Newark police officer was charged with manslaughter and driving after prosecutors said he struck a pedestrian with his personal car and briefly took the body to his home to discuss what to do with it with his mother.

Newark Police Department officer Louis Santiago was on leave on November 1 when his Honda Accord drifted onto the north shoulder of the Garden State Parkway at around 3 a.m., the county attorney’s office said on Wednesday. from Essex in a press release. His car hit Damian Z. Dymka, 29, a medic in Bergen County.

Credit…Essex County Attorney’s Office

Neither Mr. Santiago nor his car passenger Albert Guzman, both 25, called 911 or rescued Mr. Dymka, the prosecutor’s office said. Instead, Mr. Santiago left and returned to the scene several times before loading the victim into the Honda and driving to his home in Bloomfield, NJ. The two then discussed what to do with the body with Mr Santiago’s mother, Annette Santiago, 53. , according to the prosecutor.

Mr. Santiago eventually returned to the scene, the prosecutor’s office said. Mr. Santiago’s father, a lieutenant with the Newark Police Department, also called 911 to report that his son had been in an accident.

When state police arrived, they found Mr. Dymka’s body in the back seat of the Honda.

Mr. Santiago, Mr. Guzman and Ms. Santiago were arrested, charged and released on conditions, the office added.

In addition to homicide and driving, Mr. Santiago faces charges including leaving the scene of a fatal accident, endangering an injured victim and two counts of official misconduct.

Mr. Guzman and Ms. Santiago are charged with obstructing apprehension and conspiring to desecrate human remains and tamper with material evidence.

News of the charges was reported earlier by news site NJ.com and the New York Post.

The statement from the prosecutor’s office did not name Mr. Santiago’s father or indicate when he called 911. It also did not say when Mr. Dymka died or why he was on the phone. shoulder of Garden State Parkway in the middle of the night. .

The Essex County District Attorney’s Office and the Newark Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment early Thursday morning.

Mr. Dymka was a supervising nurse at the Preakness Healthcare Center in Wayne, NJ, according to the centre’s website.

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