A former New Jersey police officer, his mother and a passenger have been charged with crimes related to the death of a pedestrian earlier this month.

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Essex County Acting Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens has been identified The former officer as 25-year-old Louis Santiago. According to a news release, Santiago is accused of exiting his street on the Garden State Parkway while on duty at around 3 a.m. on November 1.


Officials said Santiago fatally hit 29-year-old nurse Damien Jade Dimka. Prosecutors said neither Santiago nor Albert Guzmán, the 25-year-old passenger, stopped or called 9-1-1 to assist Dimca.

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The two reportedly returned to the scene several times, eventually loading Dimka’s remains into the back of a Honda and driving to Santiago’s home.

Authorities say 25-year-old Louis Santiago fatally hit a pedestrian earlier this month. And instead of stopping and calling 9-1-1, he allegedly loaded the body into his car, took it home, discussed with his mother what to do with the remains, and

When they arrived, investigators said Guzmán and Santiago consulted 53-year-old Annette Santiago about what to do with the body. Eventually, they returned it to the site of the collision.

Louis Santiago’s father, a lieutenant with the Newark Police Department, called 9-1-1 and was told that his son had an accident. Officials said state soldiers rushed to the spot to see Dimka’s body in the rear of the Honda.

Prosecutors charged Louis Santiago with reckless vehicular manslaughter, desecration of human remains, leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death, endangering an injured victim, obstructing his own apprehension, conspiracy to obstruct prosecution, Alleged tampering with material evidence, obstructing the administration of law. Official misconduct cases.

Guzmán and Annette Santiago have been charged with conspiracy to desecrate human remains, obstructing apprehension and obstructing apprehension and anger with physical evidence.

This story was reported from Atlanta.