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Newark cop fatally struck nurse on Parkway, drove to mom’s house with body in car


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A Newark Police Officer struck and killed a nurse with his car after which drove the body to his mom’s house searching for recommendation earlier than returning to the scene with the body, 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 Garden State Parkway, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Santiago’s mom, 53-year-old Annette Santiago, and passenger Albert Guzman, 25, have 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 referred to as 911 or tried to help the person, officers stated, however returned to the scene a number of occasions earlier than Santiago loaded Dymka’s body into his car. The two drove to Santiago’s dwelling in Bloomfield, the place they mentioned what to do with the body. 

Santiago then returned to the scene as his father — a lieutenant in the Newark Police Department — referred to as 911 and reported that his son was in an accident. Police arrived and located Dymka’s useless body in the again seat of the Accord.

In addition to vehicular murder, Santiago’s moreover charged with leaving the scene of a crash ensuing in 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.

All three have been launched with circumstances, in accordance to the Prosecutor’s workplace.

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