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.