Report: Woman accused of killing woman in hit-and-run told officers she thought she hit a dog

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The woman accused of killing another woman in a hit-and-run crash near E. St. Louis Avenue and Maryland Parkway, admitted to officers that she was guilty, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.

Amy McDermott was arrested by authorities Friday, but the wreck occurred in the 700 block of E. St. Louis Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The 60-year-old woman who was killed when she was struck by McDermott’s black Dodge Durango has been identified as Fadila Popovic, the report said.

Metro Police said the woman’s husband, Dragoljub Popovic told officers that he and his wife were walking on the sidewalk in the area when a black vehicle hit her and took off.

A Metro Police officer performed CPR on Fadila when she arrived at the scene. Fadila was transported to Sunrise Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A witness at the scene told officers that she followed the vehicle that Fadila. Detectives reviewed surveillance video from a dry cleaners in the area, and that’s when they found an SUV matching the description of the vehicle in the crash.

On Oct. 12, a detective went to an apartment complex 2,000 feet west of the crash scene to locate the vehicle involved in the crash, and that’s where a 1999 Dodge Durango was found.  The SUV had a large dent on the hood consistent with that of a crash and with the surveillance video from the dry cleaners.

A records check revealed the vehicle was registered to William Croysdill and McDermott.  Croysdill told officers he was not the driver but had heard about the incident on the news.

Officers spoke with McDermott who did not immediately admit to being involved in the collision. She then gave officers a time frame of her travel path which puts her in the area after the collision.

Police did a little more digging and located additional surveillance video that ties McDermott to the deadly crash.  

Officers returned to McDermott’s apartment later that day, and she started crying. When officers asked her why she was crying, she said, “because I’m guilty.”

McDermott went on to say she thought she hit a dog before she saw the story on the news.

McDermott was placed under arrest and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving the death of a person.

Additional charges are as followed:

  • Electronic warrants for driving without a license 
  • no insurance
  • failure to obey a traffic signal
     

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