Family plans funeral instead of wedding after deadly hit-and-run

Her boyfriend was going to propose, father said

DENVER - The father of a woman killed in a hit-and-run at the intersection of Broadway and Cedar Street says his daughter’s boyfriend was about 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,” Jerry McDermott said.

Now, instead of a wedding, the family is planning a funeral.

Laura McDermott, 32, was struck by a beige or gray 4 door sedan as she was crossing and turned around to speak to her boyfriend. He was just a few steps behind.

The county coroner said Laura failed to respond to treatment and was pronounced dead in the Emergency Room at Denver Health. About six hours later, her parents were notified.

“It was the worst phone call of our life. My wife couldn’t believe it,” McDermott said. “And reality set in, and shock and pain.”

Laura, he said, brought joy into the lives of those around her.

“Whoever did it ruined a bunch of lives and when he gets caught he’s ruined his own life,” her father said.

The suspect's vehicle was described as a beige or gray 4 door sedan, possibly a Toyota. 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 to 274637 (CRIMES). Use the title DMCS and enter your message.

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