New Jersey Police Officer Fatally Struck Nurse With Car Then Does The Unthinkable

A New Jersey police officer was arrested earlier this month after allegedly fatally striking a nurse with his vehicle, then taking the body from the scene before eventually returning it.

Newark Officer Louis Santiago, 25, of Bloomfield, was off duty at the time of the incident, which happened around 3 a.m. Nov. 1 near Exit 151 of the Garden State Parkway.

The victim was identified as Damian Dymka, 29, of Garfield, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Santiago was traveling northbound in a 2005 Honda Accord with passenger Albert Guzman, 25, at the time of the incident. Santiago had drifted off the roadway and onto the shoulder when he struck Dymka.

Neither Santiago nor Guzman contacted 911 nor tried to assist Dymka, instead, they drove away from the scene and back several times before taking Dymka’s body and driving to the home of Santiago’s mother.

Eventually, they took Dymka’s body back to the scene of the accident. Meanwhile, Santiago’s father, a Newark police lieutenant, reported that his son had been involved in the accident. When police arrived at the scene, they found Dymka’s body which was still inside Santiago’s car.

Santiago was charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death, endangering an injured victim, desecrating/moving human remains, hindering one’s own apprehension, conspiracy to hinder prosecution, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing the administration of law, and two counts of official misconduct.

Guzman and Santiago’s mother, Annette Santiago, 53 was charged with conspiracy to desecrate human remains, hindering apprehension and conspiracy to hinder apprehension and tampering with physical evidence.

All three defendants were released pending further legal action.

Santiago was charged Nov. 18 and surrendered Tuesday to the New Jersey State Police and is said to be cooperating in the investigation.

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