NEWARK, NJ (AP) – Newark police killed a man walking on the shoulder of a highway, then drove around with the man’s body and visited his mother for advice, according to charges released Wednesday.
Officer Louis Santiago is charged with several deaths of 29-year-old Damian Dymka on November 1, including a car murder, leaving the fatal crash site, desecrating or relocating human remains, manipulating physical evidence, obstructing it and misconduct. .
Santiago’s mother, Annette Santiago, and Louis Guzman, who was traveling in Louis Santiago’s car, were accused of desecrating human remains, preventing arrest and conspiracy to prevent arrest, and tampering with physical evidence.
Prosecutors said Santiago and Guzman, both 25, were driving a 2005 Honda Accord on the Garden State Parkway early in the morning of Nov. 1, when Santiago, who was free at the time, hit Dymka, who was walking over the shoulder of a highway.
Instead of calling the emergency number, the couple left the scene but returned and put Dymka in the car and then went to Annette Guzman’s house in Bloomfield to discuss what to do. They are alleged to have returned to the scene of the accident with Dymka, a resident of Garfield working as a nurse.
The prosecutor said Santiago’s father, a lieutenant in the Newark Police Department, called an emergency number to report the accident. Dymka was dead when police arrived.
According to the prosecutor, three defendants have been released pending trial. The prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a message seeking information on whether any of the three had hired lawyers to comment on the charges.
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