A New Jersey police officer was arrested earlier this month after allegedly hitting and killing a nurse together with his automobile, then transporting the physique away from the scene earlier than in the end returning it.
Newark Officer Louis Santiago, 25, of Bloomfield, was off obligation on the time of the incident, which occurred round 3 a.m. Nov. 1 close to Exit 151 of the Backyard State Parkway, the New York Put up reported.
The deceased person was recognized as Damian Dymka, 29, of Garfield, in accordance with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Workplace.
Santiago was touring northbound in a 2005 Honda Accord with passenger Albert Guzman, 25, when the incident occurred, the Put up reported. Santiago had struck Dymka after drifting off the roadway and onto the shoulder, the place Dymka was situated.
Neither Santiago nor Guzman contacted 911 nor tried to help the sufferer, the report mentioned. As an alternative, they traveled away from the scene and again a number of occasions earlier than loading Dymka’s physique into the Accord and driving the corpse to the house of Santiago’s mom, purportedly to hunt recommendation on easy methods to deal with the scenario, in accordance with the Put up.
Finally they drove the physique again to the accident scene, the newspaper reported. In the meantime, Santiago’s father, a Newark police lieutenant, reported his son being within the accident. When police arrived on the scene, they discovered the physique nonetheless inside Santiago’s automobile after he had pushed again to the positioning, the Put up reported.
Santiago was charged with vehicular murder, leaving the scene of a crash leading to loss of life, 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 regulation, and two counts of official misconduct, the Post reported.
Each Guzman and Santiago’s mom, Annette Santiago, 53, have been charged with conspiracy to desecrate human stays, hindering apprehension and conspiracy to hinder apprehension and tamper with bodily proof, the report mentioned.
All three defendants have been launched pending additional authorized motion, the Put up reported.
Santiago was charged Nov. 18 and surrendered Tuesday to the New Jersey State Police, WABC-TV of New York City reported.
He was mentioned to be cooperating with investigators, the report mentioned.