Laura McDermott and her boyfriend were leaving a restaurant on South Broadway in Denver when a car traveling at least double the 30 mph speed limit struck and killed McDermott. Witnesses say that speeding vehicle – a tan-colored Toyota Corolla – fled the scene.
Denver traffic detective Dave Carroll said of the driver: “Absolutely no doubt, they knew they hit someone.”
Dennis Esquibel, 25, is facing two charges related to the accident: leaving the scene of a fatal accident and vehicular homicide. The former is a Class 3 felony and the latter a Class 4 felony. He faces up to 12 years in prison. Aggravating circumstances could double the sentence.
After hearing about the fatal hit and run accident, workers at Carauster noticed a car recently abandoned by nearby train tracks that matched the description of the speeding driver’s vehicle. They notified police, and police arrested Esquibel shortly after.
Esquibel ran into problems with the law in 2007 when he pleaded guilty to felony charges of drug possession and car theft.
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