A Newark police officer fatally struck a person strolling on a freeway shoulder then drove round with the person’s physique and visited his mom in search of recommendation, in keeping with prices launched Wednesday.
Officer Louis Santiago faces a number of prices within the loss of life of 29-year-old Damian Dymka on Nov. 1 together with vehicular murder, leaving the scene of a crash leading to loss of life, desecrating or shifting human stays, tampering with bodily proof, obstruction and official misconduct.
Santiago’s mom, Annette Santiago, and Albert Guzman, a passenger in Louis Santiago’s automobile, had been charged with desecrating human stays, hindering apprehension and conspiracy to hinder apprehension and tamper with bodily proof.
In accordance with prosecutors, Santiago and Guzman, each 25, had been driving in a 2005 Honda Accord on the Backyard State Parkway early on the morning of Nov. 1 when Santiago, who was off-duty on the time, struck Dymka, who was strolling on the freeway’s shoulder.
As a substitute of calling 911, the pair allegedly left the scene however returned and put Dymka within the automobile, then went to Annette Guzman’s home in Bloomfield to debate what to do. They allegedly returned to the accident scene with Dymka, a Garfield resident who labored as a nurse.
In accordance with the prosecutor’s workplace, Santiago’s father, a lieutenant within the Newark police division, known as 911 to report the accident. Dymka had died by the point state police arrived on the scene.
The three defendants have been launched pending preliminary court docket appearances, in keeping with the prosecutor’s workplace. The prosecutor’s workplace did not instantly reply to a message looking for data on whether or not any of the three had retained attorneys who might touch upon the costs.