Rachel Spelmen

Dallas hit-and-run driver got out to look at woman he killed before fleeing, police say

A manhunt is underway after a Texas woman was hit and killed by a driver who fled the scene early Saturday morning in Dallas.

The Dallas News reported that the woman, later identified at Rachel Spelmen, 23, ran across the street in front of the driver in Uptown Dallas, in the 2200 block of Cedar Springs Road, near North Pearl Street at about 2:10 a.m.

The report read that Dallas police spokeswoman, Tramese Jones, said the driver exited the vehicle after hitting Spelman, who was not in a crosswalk when she was hit. The driver then looked at the woman to assess the situation before he returned to his vehicle and fled.

The 23-year-old woman died at the scene.

The driver who killed Spelman is described by police as a black man, 5-feet-10 inches to 6-feet-two inches with short curly hair. He was wearing a gray shirt and black pants at the time of the incident.

Police believe that a gray 2012 or 2013 Hyundai Sonata hit and killed Spelman. The report said that the car may have damage to the front windshield and possibly a back window as well.

WFAA reported that Spelman’s coworker and friend, Marie Bodnar, said she felt the loss of her friend.

“She had a contagious personality, she was well-liked and was the core of her [work] day.”

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is urged to call police at 214-671-0009.

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