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Newark cop hit a pedestrian on the highway, loaded dead body into car

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Newark cop 'struck and killed a nurse before he put the body in his car and drove to his mom's house for advice': Returned to the scene, 'dumped the body and then called it in'

By Stephen M. Lepore For Dailymail.Com

Published: 01:41 EST, 25 November 2021 | Updated: 13:02 EST, 29 November 2021

A Newark police officer, a passenger and the cop's mother have all been arrested and charged in a vehicular homicide where the cop left the victim's dead body in his car.

Louis Santiago, 25, was driving on the Garden State Parkway on November 1 at around 3 a.m. in a 2005 Honda Accord. He had a passenger with him, 25-year-old Albert Guzman of Newark. 

While traveling northbound near exit 151, Santiago drifted off to the right shoulder and struck a pedestrian, 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka.

According to prosecutors in Essex County, after hitting Dymka, neither Santiago nor Guzman called 911 or offered help. 

They apparently returned to the scene 'multiple times' before finally loading Dymka into the Honda and taking him away.

Newark Police Officer Louis Santiago, 25, was driving on the Garden State Parkway on November 1 at around 3 a.m. in a 2005 Honda Accord

The victim was 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka

Santiago then took the body to his home in nearby Bloomfield. Santiago, Guzman and Santiago's mother Annette all discussed what to do before Santiago returned to the scene again, police said.

Only after this did Santiago's father, Newark Police Lieutenant Luis Santiago, call 911 and report his son was in an accident.

New Jersey State Police arrived to discover Dymka was dead in the back seat.  

Santiago was arrested and given a laundry list of charges, including vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of the 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.

Albert Guzman and Annette Santiago were charged with conspiracy to desecrate human remains, hindering apprehension, and conspiracy to hinder apprehension and tamper with physical evidence.

Santiago's father, Luis, is himself a lieutenant in the Newark Police Department

Santiago and Guzman were traveling on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway when they hit their victim

All three defendants are currently released from custody with conditions.     

Dymka's family has started a GoFundMe, in which they state he was 'a wonderful person, kind soul, and amazing cat dad.' 

When asked for comment, spokespersons for the Newark Police Department directed DailyMail.com to the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.   


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