Dennis Esquibel charged in Denver hit-and-run that killed Laura McDermott

Laura McDermott killed crossing Broadway

DENVER - The man accused in a deadly hit-and-run that killed a Denver pedestrian was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and vehicular homicide-reckless. Both are felonies.

Prosecutors said Dennis Esquibel, 25, is alleged to have been driving southbound on Broadway at a high rate of speed on Sept. 23 when he hit  Laura McDermott, 32, as she was walking across  Broadway at Cedar Avenue.  The charges say the driver fled the scene.

Esquibel was arrested Thursday and remains in custody.  His bond is set at $100,000. 

The suspect’s mother, Margaret Esquibel, previously insisted to 7NEWS that her son was not driving the car.

7NEWS obtained a copy of a stolen vehicle report filed by Margaret Esquibel at 10:32 a.m. on Sept. 26. In the report, she said the vehicle was stolen sometime between 3 p.m. Sept. 21 and 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 26.

However, in the statement of probable cause, a police officer said Dennis Esquibel admitted that he was the driver of his mother’s vehicle at the time of the fatal collision and that his girlfriend was a passenger in the vehicle.

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