Video offers new clues in hit-and-run that killed woman on S. Broadway

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DENVER — Police searching for the driver who didn’t stop after hitting and killing a woman on S. Broadway released new surveillance video of the suspect’s car Tuesday.

The video shows the car heading south on Broadway at 60 to 65mph just before hitting 32-year-old Laura McDermott at Cedar Ave. early Sunday.

Laura McDermott
Laura McDermott

McDermott was in the crosswalk according to witnesses.

Police are looking for a silver or gray 1987-89 Toyota Corolla that has front end damage, especially on the driver’s side. Parts from the car left at the scene helped police narrow down the car type and color.

“As you know, we don’t have the license plate number on this vehicle,” says Lt. Robert Rock of the Denver Police Department. “But we are confident that with the community’s help that we are going to catch up with this person very quickly.”

“It happened so fast that it was a blur,” says Jeff See, who heard the impact of the crash as he left a bar early Sunday. He returned to Broadway and Cedar Tuesday to add flowers at a growing memorial for McDermott.

He and other witnesses tried to help her, but he says it was clear there wasn’t anything anyone would be able to do.

If you have any information about this hit and run you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (720)-913-7867.

Reports of hit-and-run crashes are on the rise in Denver.
— Jan. 1 – Sept. 15, 2012:  4,774
— Jan. 1 – Sept. 15, 2011:  4,581
— Jan. 1 – Sept. 15, 2010:  3,463

A new law went into effect in July that increased the penalty for drivers convicted of leaving the scene of an accident in Colorado. It’s now a class 4 felony, which means those convicted can get between two and eight years in prison.

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