Humanity Is Truly Doomed

An off-duty Newark, New Jersey police officer was arrested after he struck and killed a pedestrian while traveling the Garden State Parkway.

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

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

No one in the vehicle called 911 or even bothered to render aid.

Santiago, who was off-duty, allegedly struck Damian Dymka, a 29-year-old nurse, while he was walking around 3 a.m. on the shoulder of the Garden State Parkway.

I am not at all excusing the driver and/or the occupants, but anyone who has driven the Garden State Parkway knows it’s not the easiest ride. The parkway is very dark at night, and the only time you see a street light is when you approach a rest stop or a toll booth. Walking the parkway at night is a very dangerous proposition.

It’s terrible for the victim’s family, and I hope these people land in prison for their inaction.

9 thoughts on “Humanity Is Truly Doomed

  1. Doc – I mean Newark could be identified as Hell. The Devils play there, and it’s always fun driving through Newark to get to the arena.

    MelP – POW! (That’s so wrong, but I laughed.)

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  2. He brought the body back?

    Why, was his Chest Freezer too full to fit the dead body into it?
    Or did he just want to hide the body until he sobered up enough pass the Breath-a-Lyzer?


  3. RD – Apparently, he and his cohorts went back and forth to the accident scene a few times. I get the panic after something like this, but if he struck the pedestrian, stopped, and called 911, he probably would have been in the clear.


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