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Dennis Esquibel busted in fatal Laura McDermott hit and run -- but was he the driver?


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Update, 4:25 a.m. September 27: The Denver Police Department has just announced that a vehicle believed to have been involved in the fatal hit and run that took the life of Laura McDermott over the weekend has been found.

No suspects have been named at this writing, but the DPD is newly confident that the individuals involved will also be located.

At about 9:30 a.m., according to DPD spokeswoman Raquel Lopez, workers in the area of Jason Street and Louisiana Avenue noticed a suspicious vehicle parked next to some railroad tracks. The car is said to have matched the description of the one that struck and killed McDermott as she tried to cross Broadway early Sunday morning: It was previously ID'd as a silver or gray 1987-1989 Toyota Corolla.

The workers quickly phoned police, and investigators who examined the vehicle think it's the one from the hit and run.

The driver remains at large, but the release sent under Lopez's name notes that the traffic experts feel they'll be able to help detectives "narrow the scope of the investigation" -- presumably by tracing the car's ownership and/or analyzing it for fingerprints and the like.

Here's a Fox31 clip that includes a photo of the car discovered yesterday.

Look below to see our previous coverage.

Update, 8:56 a.m. September 26: Denver police have released a tiny snippet of surveillance footage showing the car that struck and killed Laura McDermott in a weekend hit and run on Broadway.

In addition, we're getting more information about the brutality of the crash, as well as the approximate speed of the suspect vehicle.

Here's a look at a car similar to the one that killed McDermott as she was crossing Broadway with her boyfriend at around 1 a.m. early Sunday morning -- a 1987 to 1989 Toyota Corolla, silver or gray in color:

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Obviously, the actual car will have a great deal of front-end damage.

A 9News report features the DPD-released footage, which shows a quick flash of the car driving past, as well as an estimate that it was traveling in the range of 65 miles per hour at the time it struck McDermott, hurling her around 200 feet.

More evidence of the gruesome results comes from Westword contributor Caleb Hannan, who wrote our May feature on former Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer. He lives near the scene and was walking with his wife the next day when they came upon camera crews and police gathered at the fatal intersection of Broadway and Cedar. There, Hannan reveals via e-mail, a TV reporter told him a fifteen-by-fifteen patch of asphalt where McDermott's body came to rest had to be hosed down because there was so much blood.

Also on the scene was a police Doberman trained to find body parts, and Hannan noticed it nosing around a trash can. Then, the next day, he walked past the same area as maintenance truck stopped by the same trash can and a worker made a shocking discovery. He told Hannan the receptacle was at least partly filled with blood.

Here's a look at the 9News report featuring the surveillance footage.

Continue for our previous coverage.

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threebang3
threebang3

Hey Spleen, if someone you cared about was killed in a hit and run, who would you have try to catch the person responsible?  Ghostbusters?  Obviously in this case the Denver Police Department did do the job that we citizens expect from them.  So where is your argument now?

threebang3
threebang3

I also wonder what Gerry McDermott has to say about the Denver Police Department right now.  Just maybe something like "Oh you guys got right on this case and caught the cowardly scum that ran my daughter down in the dead of night?  Fantastic job guys!"

threebang3
threebang3

The Denver Police had absolutely nothing to do with this woman's death, but Esquibel did I am confident that he will be found guilty).  The bad guy in this case is Esquibel.  How many chances should this guy get (he is on parole).  And the female that was in the car and did not come forward on her own?- Charge her as an accessory and compel her to testify for a lighter sentence.  Probably since he started his criminal career, Esquibel's mother has minimized what he did and believed his line of crap as to how innocent he was.  Think that may be one of Esquibel's problems??

threebang3
threebang3

Interesting how this horrific crime ends up being about the Denver Police.  They do their job and they are damned.  They don't do their job and they are damned.  This should be about the crime and solving it.

 

Do not let this guys mom (and the willing media accomplices) minimize his responsibility.  MOM WASNT THERE!  What are the one or two females in the car saying?  They aren't testifying through the media?-  Oh wait, good for them. 

mandapanda1979
mandapanda1979

I knew Laura for year on the playstation network she was a very sweet person... I was saddened and in disbelief when i received the message that she had been killed in a hit and run...All of her playstation home friends will sadly miss her! We love you laura! And justice will be served for taking such a beautiful life from us!!!! 

Mandapanda1979

Coin
Coin

The family offers the flaccid defense of "he wasn't driving because he was on parole." Well, there's your motive: "he drove away because he was on parole."

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

First...mama didnt find it suspicious that her car matched the description and wasnt in her driveway for days? Sounds like she knew it was her car involved. With his record of course she's gonna try to cover. I dont buy it either. Fingerprints on the wheel should help, I doubt they were smart enough to have the gf grip the wheel before abandoning the vehicle to place her in the driver's seat. So glad they found the people involved! Now to lock them up (too good for them though) and hope the sentence is lengthy and not lenient at all.

TheSpleen
TheSpleen

I take it all back and apologize. I am glad they have found the SOB that killed this young woman.

CaNuLaLa
CaNuLaLa

@Mikki_Vita so sorry for your loss.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Also can they not check surveillance cams from businesses in the direction the car went and try to find better images? They know the time it would be in different areas so reviewing tapes would be simplified. Yes, more work, but that is why we pay them. If I owned property in the surrounding area and had recorded surveillance tapes I'd check em without the police even asking. Somebody knows something, you cant hide damage like that forever, and if your buddy suddenly is missing his car that matches the description call the cops.

Shasta McGovern
Shasta McGovern

Do we really need the gory details? Have some respect.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

And why were there no cops in that area? Plenty of bars, fairly active, and there were no police watching for jackasses on Broadway??

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

There are not that many older vehicles like that in this city. Police need to get busy and start searching the DMV records for vehicles that match the description then ask for surrounding PD's to investigate matching vehicles in their area. It may be a lot of labor but the responsible pos that did this must be caught. Heck, give me the listvand I'll start checking cars myself...for free.

Garret Jordan
Garret Jordan

Just a heart wrenching story... I hope they catch the bastards that ran her down!

John David Garcia
John David Garcia

life is just not fair sometimes. prayers to her family and friends .

Naomi Ochoa
Naomi Ochoa

This woman was my friend and I'm so so sad that she's gone from this world forever. Please come forward with info if you can. She deserves that!

Nathan Haussler
Nathan Haussler

Sad story...hope they catch the driver who did this...

TheSpleen
TheSpleen

So let me get this straight: DPD has cameras at intersections all over town that will nail you if you creep over the line even an inch but can't be used at all to solve this terrible crime?

 

This is just more proof that DPD don't give a fuck about fighting crime in any real sense: they would much rather sit back, be comfy and watch the money roll in from minor traffic violations. Doing 40 mph on Monaco Pkwy? We will nail your ass, criminal! Kill a woman on S. Broadway and we will just shrug our shoulders.

 

Useless fucking assclowns.

fbacon87
fbacon87

 @TheSpleen There were no cameras at this particular intersection.  It is not a major intersection.  Cedar Ave is a small street.  I really don't appreciate your criticism of the DPD.  Even if you are right, it is totally misplaced to spout it here.  I'm not saying you're wrong, but be a little more sensitive.

RevBF
RevBF

 @TheSpleen That's quite possibly the dumbest thing I've ever read on Westword threads. First of all this woman who lost her valuable and productive life doesn't need your "sitting-in-my-basement-with-my-xbox" agenda dirtying up her news reports. Second, why would you assume that they're not using area security footage to solve this crime? I know personally that MANY of the surrounding businesses are cooperating with DPD to put the driver where he/she needs to be. If you're going to complain about getting a few misdemeanor tickets then do yourself a favor and don't commit crimes if you feel there is a conspiracy against only you to collect your own money. Most of these hit and runs get solved because of community involvement. Odd right? Working together with the police to make our communities safer? Funny concept isn't it? Now, instead of just sitting at home whining why not go out and scout neighborhoods for the car that they're looking for? Be a a hero in a tragedy and maybe they'll knock off one of your parking tickets. If not for Laura do it for your own selfish precedent. 

Scarifying
Scarifying

 @TheSpleen I'm surprised they didn't show up and try to beat her back to life with their magic wellness truncheons.

TheSpleen
TheSpleen

 @fbacon87  @TheSpleen ..and your claim that Broadway & Cedar is "not a major intersection" is so disingenuous it boggles the mind: that is one of the most prominent sections of SoBo and it is riddled with bars and taverns -- are you really going to claim there should not have been an officer and car patrolling that street at midnight/1 am Saturday night/Sunday morning? Are you fucking high?

TheSpleen
TheSpleen

 @fbacon87  @TheSpleen You don't appreciate my criticism of the DPD? Oh no! What will I do??

 

Denver PD is incapable of properly policing this city: they have proven it time and time again with their mindless brutality (costing us, the taxpayers, millions of dollars in payouts in just the past few years), revenue-collecting snooper cameras and apparent inability to solve real crimes. My favorite example of this is when the DPD Union sold t-shirts bragging about police brutality during the DNC. Truly awesome community outreach there!

 

The only real exception to this is when a cop gets killed in public or a radio shack gets robbed on Colfax: if the perp is right in front of them then they usually (but not always) manage to make a righteous arrest.

 

Denver PD have no college degree requirement for officers: they are uneducated and incompetent. You can suck up to them all you like, it won't change the fact that if they do manage to solve this crime it will be because a member of the community solved it for them.

TheSpleen
TheSpleen

Straw man, ad hominem and red herring all in one post : sheer genius at work. How's this for "community policing", you sycophantic asshat? So much for "safer neighborhoods" under DPD.

 

http://neweranews.org/blog/denver-police-rank-1-in-excessive-force-complaints

 

According to David Packman's web-based National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project, Denver cops aren't doing their job well and are harassing the people. 

From a site which has obsessively compiled data on such cases, the following statistic about complaints per every 1,000 cops is startling:

Denver appears to rank worst out of all 63 of those law enforcement agencies for credible excessive force reports with an estimated Excessive Force Rate of 2,206 officers involved in excessive force complaints per every 100,000 officers.

However, when we recalculate that rate based on reports issued up to August of this year, Denver looks even worse with an estimated Excessive Force Rate of 2,531 per 100,000, which is over 10x higher than the national average Excessive Force Rate of 210 per 100,000.

 

 

 

 

 

dbro0009
dbro0009

 @bafrederickcmb  @TheSpleen Who mentioned a conspiracy?  Nice try with the straw man but the person you responded to made a good point. Cops are far more concerned with meeting their quotas of revenue than protecting the public.  Take your sad attempt at condescension and go write in your blog about how stupid anyone who questions the status quo is ya wanker.

Flub
Flub

 @TheSpleen  @fbacon87 Spleen, your mom said to get off of the computer and get your ass upstairs for dinner, NOW!

RevBF
RevBF

 @TheSpleen Yes, I understand this. They rank #1 in complaints. Keyword...complaints. It's amazing to see how many people in Denver can pull out a statistic like that and say it's automatically the police's fault. Bring up a statistic like this in L.A. or Chicago - where the police really do beat the shit out of you - and they'd just laugh at you. The problem we have here isn't the police, it's the people who are too quick to pick up the phone and whine about a law enforcement officer grabbing their arm, or yelling at them too loud. For shame. Also in the previous cities listed above criminals know how to get arrested. Once you're in cuffs you don't act like a...what was it you called me..an asshat? Take your tired rhetoric to other areas of the internet please and allow what needs to be done for Laura run its course. You and your other cohorts sound like more of Metro State's finest. The hit and run suspect will be caught and I'll be glad when they are because it will, once again, show people like you what a great city we live in and also give the victim's family and friends a bit of closure that they need. 

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