DENVER (CBS4)– A man who pleaded guilty in connection with a hit and run death was sentenced to the maximum number of years in prison on Friday.

Dennis Esquibel pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and was sentenced to 24 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

He was also ordered to pay $10,544.74 in restitution.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 2012 Esquibel was driving southbound on Broadway at a high rate of speed when he struck Laura McDermott who was walking through the intersection of Broadway and Cedar Avenue. Esquibel then drove away.

The car involved in the crash was later found in the 1300 block of South Jason Street. Esquibel was later identified as a suspect.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said that a Crime Stoppers tip played a role in arresting Esquibel.

“We have had too many horrendous hit and run cases with tragic results. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Laura’s family and to her fiancé,” said Morrissey.

Laura McDermott (credit: CBS)

Laura McDermott (credit: CBS)


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