Damian Dymka Death: Newark officer struck and killed 29-year-old nurse from Garfield in Bergen County and then takes body to mom’s house.
Preliminary investigations revealed that shortly before 3:00 a.m. on Monday, November 1, a 2005 Honda Accord driven by Newark Police Officer Louis Santiago of Bloomfield was traveling northbound on the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway in Bloomfield, Essex County Santiago, police said.
Santiago failed to maintain his lane and struck 29-year-old Damian Dymka of Garfield, N.J., who was walking in the shoulder.
Santiago and his passenger allegedly returned to the scene of crash multiple times before taking the victim into the Honda and drove from the scene. Santiago then took the body to his home in Bloomfield, where he, his mother and his passenger allegedly discussed what to do with the body before Santiago later went back to the scene.
Santiago’s father called 911 and reported that his son was in an accident. When the New Jersey State Police arrived, the victim was dead in the back seat of the car.
Santiago has been charged with reckless vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains and related charges for hitting a pedestrian on the Garden State Parkway, leaving the scene, then coming back and putting the victim in his car and then later returning to the scene with the victim’s dead body.
25-year-old Albert Guzman of Newark who was a passenger in Santiago’s car was charged with conspiracy to desecrate human remains, hindering apprehension, and conspiracy to hinder apprehension and tamper with physical evidence.
53-year-old Annette Santiago of Bloomfield, the mother of Louis Santiago, was charged with the same offenses as Guzman.