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