Police release surveillance video showing suspect car in hit-and-run that killed Laura McDermott

Laura McDermott killed crossing South Broadway

DENVER - Police are looking for a silver or gray Toyota Corolla from between 1987 and 1989 that hit and killed a woman early Sunday.

The woman was identified as Laura McDermott, 32. She was crossing at the intersection of South Broadway at East Cedar Avenue on Sunday at 1 a.m. and turned to say something to her boyfriend when the car sped through the intersection and hit her.

Witnesses told police the vehicle hit her and kept driving without notifying police or helping the victim.

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 the women 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.

Denver Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up $2,000 for information about this hit-and-run.

One family member urged the hit-and-run driver to come forward.

"You have to own up. You have to come to terms with what you did," said family member Audra Iler-Bidwell.

Iler-Bidwell said she hopes the car video jogs someone's memory.

"Every little bit of information is just one step closer, one step closer to finding the people," she said.

Police said the car was missing its front passenger-side turn signal and had significant damage to the front passenger-side. 

Detectives with the Traffic Investigations Unit are asking witnesses to come forward who can assist in identifying the suspect's vehicle and/or the driver.

Witnesses can 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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