Document: Suspect in fatal hit-and-run ‘admitted' to being the driver

DENVER - The man facing charges related to a fatal hit and run early Sunday morning admitted to police he was driving at the time of the collision, according to a court document obtained by 7NEWS.

The Statement of Probable Cause for the arrest of Dennis Esquibel, 25, was completed by Denver Police Officer David Washecheck. According to the document, Esquibel agreed to discuss the hit-and-run after being advised of his rights.

“The suspect later 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 at the time,” the document said.

The suspect’s mother, Margaret Esquibel, previously insisted to 7NEWS that her son is innocent.

"This was not my son driving that car," she said, stressing that her son's girlfriend was driving.

Laura McDermott, 32, was hit and killed while she was crossing Broadway at Cedar Avenue early Sunday morning.

“The suspect also admitted that he had concealed the vehicle after the collision and fled the location on foot,” the statement of probable cause said.

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.

The hit-and-run occurred early Sept. 23.

Police found the car around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. It had been abandoned in an industrial area of west Denver, one block north of Overland Park Municipal Golf Course.

Esquibel made his first appearance in court Friday.

He’s being held on $100,000 bond for investigation of failing to report an accident involving death and reckless vehicular homicide.

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