Police officer accused of hitting nurse with car and taking body home to mom

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According to officials, an off-duty police officer allegedly hit and killed a man with his car, but instead of reporting the tragedy to 911 or his law enforcement aides, he went home with the body and found his mother. -Talked about the situation with the father.

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According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Luis Santiago, a police officer in Newark, New Jersey, is facing multiple charges, including reckless vehicular manslaughter and human remains after he was allegedly hit-and-run on Nov. includes desecration.

Mr Santiago’s mother and another passenger in the car on the night of the accident are also facing charges.


On the night of the incident, Mr. Santiago was driving on the Garden State Parkway at 3 p.m. Halloween, during which he allegedly fell on the right shoulder of the road and hit Damian Jade Dimka, a nurse, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Patrick Toscano Jr., a lawyer representing Mr. Santiago, said Mr. Dimka was running against traffic and was allegedly wearing a werewolf costume. They told Vice News That the incident took place in “Pitch Dark” and Mr. Santiago does not initially know what he has killed.

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Prosecutors claim that Albert Guzman, who was in Mr Santiago’s car, did not call 911 or provide assistance to Mr Dimka. They also claim that they returned to the crash site “several times” before deciding to load the body into Mr. Santiago’s car.

“Officer Santiago placed the deceased in his vehicle so that he could be taken to the nearest hospital,” Mr Toscano said in a further statement. Vice News, “Basically, Officer Santiago’s house was very close to the crash site.”

They reportedly took Mr. Dimca’s body back to Mr. Santiago’s house, where he, Mr. Guzmán and his mother, Annette Santiago, discussed what to do. It was Mr. Santiago’s father, also a police lieutenant in Newark, who called 911 and was told that his son had an accident.

Mr Santiago returned to the crash site with Mr Dimka’s body, which was found by New Jersey State Police in his back seat. Prosecutors said Mr Dimka was dead when they found him, but it was not clear when exactly the man died.

Mr Toscano said of the allegations that “most” are “either unfounded or repetitive”.

“Any loss of life is tragic. It’s no different in what way. Horrible tragedy. There’s no other way to say it,” Mr. Toscano said in a separate statement, which he sent Vice News, “That being said, we haven’t seen any evidence to date that shows this incident was anything but a horrific accident – not a crime, an accident.”

Mr Santiago pleaded guilty to his charges and was released on Wednesday to be held at his home.


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