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Boyfriend Remembers Hit & Run Victim

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DENVER (CBS4) – Police hope new evidence will help them track down the driver who struck and killed a Denver woman and then drove away last weekend.

Surveillance video from a nearby business shows the car police are looking for. Officials shared the video with the media on Tuesday, and they say the car is a gray or silver Toyota Corolla and it was going about twice the speed limit at the time of the collision.

“According to the video it appears the car is doing at least double the speed limit of the vehicles that happen to be involved in the general area, so roughly 60 or 65 mph,” said Detective Dave Carroll.

Police say the car — a Corolla made in either 87, 88 or 89 — has considerable damage to the front end on the driver’s side and the windshield. They say they believe the driver turned west onto Alameda about a block and a half south of the crash after it happened early Sunday morning, but they don’t know what the license plate number on the car was.

“It was an extreme high rate of speed type of impact and it left a lot of car parts on scene,” said Detective Dave Carroll.

Laura McDermott was killed as she was crossing the Broadway and Cedar intersection. She was with her boyfriend Nate Iler at the time, and Iler told CBS4 on Tuesday he had big plans for their future.

“I was never planning for an end. I was planning for a new beginning,” he said.

Iler had ordered an engagement ring and was ready to propose to McDermott next month. The ring is still scheduled to be delivered next week.

“I never expected something like this to happen or I would have (proposed) a long time ago,” Iler said.

mcdermott Boyfriend Remembers Hit & Run Victim

Laura McDermott (credit: CBS)

Iler said thinking of the night of the collision is too painful right now, but he says a sign he found from his girlfriend after she died is helping him get through it.

“The next day I came outside and there was one pink rose from her rose garden that I’ve never seen before. Her favorite flower is a pink rose,” he said.

Anyone with information about the crime or the car in question is asked to call Crime Stoppers. There’s a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

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