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

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  • Louis Santiago, 25, was driving in a 2005 Honda Accord on the Garden State Parkway at about 3 a.m. on November 1
  • While traveling north near exit 151, Santiago fell on the right shoulder and hit a pedestrian, 29-year-old nurse Damien Dimka.
  • According to prosecutors in Essex County, after Dimka was killed, neither Santiago nor passenger Albert Guzmán called 911 or offered help.
  • They apparently returned to the scene ‘several times’ before finally loading Dimka into a Honda and driving her away.
  • It was only after returning home and discussing with his mother that Santiago’s father, a Newark police lieutenant, called 911 and reported that his son had had an accident.
  • Santiago, his own mother and Guzmán all face multiple charges.

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A Newark police officer, a passenger and the cop’s mother have been arrested and charged with a vehicular homicide where police left the victim’s body in their car.

Louis Santiago, 25, was driving on the Garden State Parkway in a 2005 Honda Accord at about 3 a.m. on November 1. He was accompanied by a traveler named Albert Guzman, 25, from Newark.

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While traveling north near exit 151, Santiago fell on the right shoulder and hit a pedestrian, 29-year-old nurse Damien Dimka.

According to Essex County prosecutors, after Dimka was killed, neither Santiago nor Guzmán called 911 or offered help.

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They apparently returned to the scene ‘several times’ and eventually loaded the Dymka into a Honda and took it away.

Newark police officer Louis Santiago, 25, was driving in a 2005 Honda Accord on the Garden State Parkway on November 1 at about 3 a.m.

29-year-old nurse Damien Dimka was the victim

29-year-old nurse Damien Dimka was the victim

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

It was shortly thereafter that Santiago’s father, Newark Police Lieutenant Luis Santiago, called 911 and reported that his son had an accident.

The New Jersey State Police learned that Dimka was dead in the back seat.

Santiago was arrested and given a list of charges including vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death, endangering an injured victim, desecrating/transferring human remains, his own Two counts of obstruction of apprehension, conspiracy to obstruct prosecution, tampering with material evidence, obstruction of administration of law, and official misconduct.

Albert Guzmán and Annette Santiago were charged with conspiracy to desecrate human remains, obstructing and preventing apprehension, and tampering with physical evidence.

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

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

Santiago and Guzman were traveling on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey when they struck their prey

Santiago and Guzman were traveling on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey when they struck their prey

At present, all the three accused have been released from custody with conditions.

Dimka’s family has started gofundme, in which he says he was ‘a wonderful person, a kind soul and a wonderful cat father.’

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

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