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A New Jersey police officer is charged with fatally striking a pedestrian, bringing the man’s body home to discuss what to do, and then returning to the scene with the dead man in his back seat, said Wednesday a prosecutor.

Newark officer Louis Santiago, 25, his passenger and his mother are charged in the Nov. 1 incident, Essex County Acting Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II said in a written statement.

Santiago, who was not on duty, allegedly struck Damian Dymka, a 29-year-old medic, as he was walking around 3 a.m. on the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway.

Nor Santiago neither his passenger, Albert Guzman, called 911 or rescued Dymka after being hit, the prosecutor’s office said.

They would have returned to the scene several times before putting Dymka in the Honda Accord. They then proceeded to Santiago’s home, where he, Guzman and Santiago’s mother Annette Santiago discussed what to do, Stephens’s office said.

Louis Santiago eventually returned to the scene and his father, who is a Newark police lieutenant, called 911, officials said.

New Jersey State Police arrived and found Dymka dead in the back seat, the prosecutor’s office said.

Louis Santiago is charged with manslaughter at the wheel of a vehicle, desecration of human remains, tampering with physical evidence and other counts of misconduct, officials said.

Guzman, 25, and Annette Santiago, 53, are charged with conspiracy to desecrate human remains and obstruct arrest, according to the prosecutor’s office.

All three were arrested and released on conditions, the prosecutor’s office said.

As of Wednesday evening, it was not immediately clear whether they had any attorneys, and their phone number could not be immediately found on Wednesday evening.

Newark Police declined to comment early Thursday, referring all questions to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.


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