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Officer struck pedestrian then returned home with victim’s body: prosecutor

He reportedly discussed with his mother what to do with the body.

A New Jersey police officer faces a slew of charges after he allegedly struck a pedestrian on a promenade, left the scene and then returned the victim’s body to his home.

Newark Police Officer Louis Santiago, 25, has been charged with reckless homicide, desecration of human remains and other related charges after hitting a pedestrian on the Garden State Parkway, a statement released Thursday said. by Acting Essex County District Attorney Theodore N. Stephens, II.

On November 1 at around 3 am, Santiago allegedly struck the victim with a 2005 Honda Accord he was driving and did not call 911. Instead, he would have left the scene of the accident, returned to the scene. the scene, would have placed the victim in his car. then returned to the scene with the body of the victim.

Santiago reportedly took the body of victim Damian Z. Dymka, a 29-year-old medic from Garfield in Bergen County, New Jersey, to his Bloomfield home where he discussed with his mother what to do with it. the body, according to the prosecutor’s statement.

Police found the victim in the back seat of the car after Santiago’s father, a lieutenant with the Newark Police Department, called 911 to report his son had been in an accident, the prosecutor’s statement said.

Albert Guzman, 25, of Newark, who was believed to have been a passenger in the car at the time, and Santiago’s mother Annette Santiago, 53, of Bloomfield, also face charges, the statement said. Both are charged with conspiracy to desecrate human remains, obstruction of apprehension and conspiracy to obstruct apprehension and falsify material evidence.

Santiago has additional charges, the statement said, including leaving the scene of a fatal accident, endangering an injured victim, desecrating / moving human remains, hampering his own apprehension, conspiring to obstruct the prosecution, tampering with material evidence, obstructing the administration of the law, and two counts of official misconduct.

According to the statement, all three were arrested, charged and released on conditions.

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