Woman killed after Denver hit-and-run, police ask for help finding driver

Memorial for Laura McDermott at S. Broadway and Cedar Ave. in Denver. Sept. 24, 2012

Memorial for Laura McDermott at S. Broadway and Cedar Ave. in Denver. Sept. 24, 2012

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DENVER — A make-shift memorial has been created on South Broadway and Cedar Avenue where Denver police said a woman was killed in a hit-and-run. Police are asking for help finding the driver.

The victim was identified Monday as 32-year-old Laura McDermott of Denver

Witnesses describe the scene as gruesome. 

“It was horrible. It was absolutely the most horrible thing I have ever seen in my life,” said Gina Selby, the manager at Adrift bar.

It happened at around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. Witnesses said they saw a man and a woman crossing the intersection at South Broadway and Cedar at the crosswalk when all of a sudden the man cried out.
“When we came outside we heard a guy screaming,” said James Lewis, who was at a coffee shop across the street from the accident.
“I remember him saying, that’s my girl, that’s my girl and he was crying,” Selby said.

Police said the driver of the car was speeding when the woman was struck.  Witnesses said the impact was so intense that the woman landed about 200 feet from where she was hit.
“Everybody was really, really shaken up. People were just sitting on this sidewalk crying after seeing what they saw,” Selby said.

It was a horrific scene that the Denver Coroner’s Office came out to clean-up twice.

The woman was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police are looking for the driver who never stopped after hitting the McDermott.  Witnesses said the car was full of people, and it was obvious they had been drinking.

“While they were driving down Broadway they had been throwing beer bottles out the windows,” Selby said.

Police said they don’t have a description of the driver.  Witnesses tell police the car that hit the woman was either a tan or beige sedan.

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

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