Off-duty NJ cop fatally strikes pedestrian, takes body home
An off-duty Newark police officer panicked when he fatally struck a pedestrian on the shoulder of a New Jersey parkway — and loaded the body into his car and took it home with him as he tried to decide what to do, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Louis Santiago, 25, was driving his Honda Accord on the Garden State Parkway when he veered out of his lane and mowed down Damian Dymka about 3 a.m. Nov. 1, according to Essex County prosecutors.
Santiago and his passenger, Albert Guzman, 25, did not render aid for Dymka, 29, or call 911, according to prosecutors.
Instead they allegedly fled the scene but drove back later and loaded Dymka’s body into the backseat and went to Santiago’s home in Bloomfield, N.J.
Santiago and his mother Annette …
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