Newark police officers were charged with reckless vehicle murder after prosecutors said they had hit a pedestrian in their car and easily took the body to their mother’s house to discuss what to do with it. I did.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release Wednesday that Newark police officer Louis Santiago worked on November 1, when the Honda Accord spilled onto the northbound shoulder of the Garden State Parkway around 3 am. Said that it stopped. His car struck Damian Z. Dimka, 29, a nurse in Bergen County.
Prosecutors said neither Santiago nor his car passenger, Albert Guzman, called 911 at the age of 25 or helped Dimka. Instead, Santiago loaded the victims into Honda and returned many times before driving to his mother’s home in Bloomfield, NJ. 53, according to the prosecutor.
The prosecution said Mr Santiago eventually returned to the scene. Santiago’s father, a lieutenant at the Newark police station, also called 911 to report that his son had an accident.
When state police arrived, they found Mr. Dimka’s body in the backseat of Honda.
Santiago, Guzman, and Santiago were conditionally arrested, prosecuted, and released, the office added.
In addition to murdering the vehicle, Santiago has been accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, endangering an injured victim, and two official misconduct.
Guzman and Santiago each face charges of desecrating human bodies and interfering with arrests and plots to falsify physical evidence.
The news of the accusation was previously reported by the news site NJ.com and the New York Post.
The release from the public prosecutor’s office did not appoint Mr. Santiago’s father or indicate when he called 911. He also didn’t say when Dimka died or why he was on the shoulders of Garden State Parkway at midnight. ..
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Newark Police Department were unable to contact immediately for comment early Thursday morning.
According to the center’s website, Dymka was a nursing supervisor at the Preakness Healthcare Center in Wayne, NJ.