Louis Santiago, 25, was off obligation when prosecutors allege he traveled onto the precise shoulder of the Garden State Parkway round 3 a.m. on November 1, hitting nurse Damian Dymka, in line with a news launch from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Prosecutors allege Santiago and his passenger, 25-year-old Albert Guzman, did not render assist or name 911, “but returned to the scene multiple times” earlier than Santiago loaded Dymka into the automotive “and removed him from the scene,” the discharge mentioned.
Santiago then went to his residence in Bloomfield, the place he, Guzman, and Santiago’s mom, Annette Santiago, mentioned what to do with the physique, the discharge mentioned.
Eventually Santiago went again to the scene, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
Santiago’s father, who’s a lieutenant with the Newark Police Department, known as 911 and reported his son was in an accident, the discharge mentioned. “When the New Jersey State Police arrived, the victim was dead in the back seat of the car,” the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
Santiago has been charged with reckless vehicular murder, desecrating/transferring human stays, leaving the scene of a crash ensuing in dying, endangering an injured sufferer, tampering with bodily proof, hindering one’s personal apprehension, conspiracy to hinder prosecution, obstructing the administration of regulation and two counts of official misconduct, prosecutors mentioned.
Patrick Toscano, the legal professional representing Louis Santiago, advised CNN, “Officer Santiago was charged with over a dozen crimes, most of which are unfounded … there truly was no intentional or reckless homicidal act committed by Officer Santiago at any time.”
Both Guzman and Annette Santiago have been charged with conspiracy to desecrate human stays, hindering apprehension, and conspiracy to hinder apprehension and tamper with bodily proof, prosecutors mentioned.
CNN reached out to Guzman’s legal professional for remark and was unable to find out whether or not Annette Santiago has illustration.
Louis and Annette Santiago and Guzman “have been arrested, charged, and released with conditions,” the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.