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Off-duty police officer put useless physique of man he had run over in again of his automobile earlier than driving off, prosecutors say

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An off-duty New Jersey police officer allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian then took the sufferer’s physique house at the back of his automobile to debate what he ought to do.

Newark officer Louis Santiago, 25, then returned to the scene of the accident with the useless man strapped into the again seat and alerted authorities, prosecutors say.

The officer allegedly hit 29-year-old nurse Damian Dymka as he walked on the onerous shoulder of the Backyard State Parkway within the early hours of 1 November.

Investigators say that neither Officer Santiago, or his passenger, Albert Guzman, known as 911 or gave assist to Mr Dymka after he was struck.

The lads are accused of returning to the scene of the accident a number of occasions earlier than placing Dymka within the Honda Accord and driving again house the place Mr Santiago mentioned what to do along with his mom, Annette Santiago, and Mr Guzman.

Officer Santiago then returned to the scene along with his father, who’s a Newark police lieutenant, and known as 911.

Officers say that when New Jersey State Police arrived they discovered Mr Dymka useless within the again seat.

Louis Santiago was charged with reckless vehicular murder, desecrating human stays, tampering with bodily proof and different prices that embrace official misconduct.

Mr Guzman, 25, and Ms Santiago, 53, are charged with counts that embrace conspiracy to desecrate human stays and hindering apprehension, in line with the Essex County prosecutor’s workplace.

All three had been arrested and launched with circumstances.

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