Police: Vehicle suspected in deadly hit-and-run found by railroad tracks in West Denver

Workers reported car matching police description

DENVER - A car believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on South Broadway early Sunday was found Wednesday morning near South Jason Street and West Louisiana Avenue.

Police said the car was found abandoned in an industrial area of west Denver, one block north of Overland Park Municipal Golf Course.

"I'm glad they found the car," said Nate Iler, whose girlfriend, Laura McDermott, 32, was killed in the accident.

Iler said he and McDermott were crossing Broadway at Cedar Avenue when a car came speeding down the street.

"I briefly turned back to say something to a friend about a concert," Iler said. "She got a few steps ahead of me. That's when they hit her."

Witnesses told police the car continued south then turned west.

Police told 7NEWS that they recovered a turn signal light at the accident scene and so they were able to identify the type of car involved, a silver or gray Toyota Corolla.

Police said workers on the west side of town noticed a car parked next to the railroad tracks and realized it matched the description made public Tuesday. They called police and traffic officers came out to recover the car.

Police said they have probable cause to believe it is the vehicle that struck and killed McDermott at 1 a.m. Sunday. Police are waiting for a search warrant to have the vehicle processed by crime scene investigators.

The driver is still at large, police said.

Police released a surveillance video Tuesday showing the suspect car speeding down the street moments before McDermott was hit. The video shows people running toward where McDermott was lying in the street.

Police Detective Dave Carroll said the suspect car was traveling twice as fast as other vehicles shown in the video.

The county coroner said Laura failed to respond to treatment and was pronounced dead in the Emergency Room at Denver Health.

Laura’s father, Jerry McDermott, told 7NEWS that he’d recently given permission for Laura’s boyfriend to propose.

“Nate asked for our permission in July and was having a ring made and I think she was going to get it next weekend,” the father said.

Iler was too distraught to talk about his planned proposal.

"I just want to remember the things that she did and all the positive lives that she touched," he said, "her smiles and everything."

Iler said McDermott was the type of person "who would do anything for you."

He said he hopes the person responsible will come forward.

When asked how he is coping with the loss of his beloved girlfriend, Iller said he is doing so with the help of family and friends.

"I have the best family and best friends in the world," he said. "They're here all the time to help do anything, just like she would."

Iller said that a memorial has been established in McDermott's name at Outdoor Mindset.org.

Outdoor Mindset is a non-profit that helps people with neurological disorders.

Denver police are asking anyone with information about the identity of the driver or possible passengers to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP or send a text 274637 (CRIMES). Use the title DMCS and enter your message.


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