Newark cop hit a pedestrian on the highway, loaded a body into his car before Dad called him

Newark cop ‘ran a pedestrian on Garden State Parkway, loaded a corpse into his car, then went to talk to his mother about it before his father, also a cop, mentioned it by saying it was just an accident’

  • Louis Santiago, 25, was driving a 2005 Honda Accord around 3 a.m. on Nov. 1 on the Garden State Parkway
  • Driving north at exit 151, Santiago drifted to the right shoulder and hit a pedestrian, 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka
  • Essex County prosecutors say neither Santiago nor passenger Albert Guzman called 911 or offered assistance after hitting Dymka.
  • They apparently returned to the scene ‘several times’ before finally loading Dymka into the Honda and taking it with them
  • It was only after he returned home and spoke to his mother that Santiago’s father, a Newark Police Department lieutenant, called 911 and reported that his son had been in an accident.
  • Santiago, his own mother and Guzman are all facing multiple charges










A Newark police officer, his passenger and his mother have all been arrested and charged with a vehicular murder in which the officer left the victim in his car.

Louis Santiago, 25, was driving on the Garden State Parkway around 3 a.m. on Nov. 1 in a 2005 Honda Accord. He was carrying a passenger, 25-year-old Albert Guzman of Newark.

Driving north at exit 151, Santiago drifted to the right shoulder and hit a pedestrian, 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka.

According to prosecutors in Essex County, after they attacked Dymka, neither Santiago nor Guzman called 911 or offered help.

They apparently returned to the scene “several times” before finally loading Dymka into the Honda and taking it with them.

Newark cop Louis Santiago, 25, was driving a 2005 Honda Accord on Nov. 1 on the Garden State Parkway around 3 a.m.

The victim was 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka

The victim was 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka

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

Only after that, Santiago’s father, Newark Police Lieutenant Luis Santiago, called 911 and reported that his son had been in an accident.

New Jersey state police arrived to find Dymka lying dead in the back seat.

Santiago was arrested and given a laundry list of charges including vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of the accident resulting in death, endangering an injured victim, desecrating/moving human remains, obstructing the own arrest, conspiracy to obstruct prosecution, tampering with physical evidence, obstruction of justice, and two charges of official misconduct.

Albert Guzman and Annette Santiago were charged with conspiracy to desecrate human remains, obstruction of detention, and conspiracy to obstruct detention and tampering with physical evidence.

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

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

Santiago and Guzman were traveling on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway when they hit their victim

Santiago and Guzman were traveling on New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway when they hit their victim

All three suspects are currently released on condition.

Dymka’s family has started a Gofundme, in which they state that he was “a wonderful person, kind soul and great cat dad.”

When asked for comment, Newark Police Department officials referred us to the Essex County Attorney’s Office.

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