Lakeway woman killed in hit-and-run in Dallas

Rachel Spelman (Courtesy: KXAS)
Rachel Spelman (Courtesy/KXAS)

DALLAS (KXAN) — Dallas police have arrested the driver who they say hit and killed a 23-year-old woman, originally from Lakeway, over the weekend.

Police say the crash happened around 2:10 a.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of Cedar Springs Road, which is in the popular Uptown area of Dallas. KXAS in Dallas reports Rachel Spelman was running across the street when she was struck by a driver in a dark-colored sedan. Initial information indicates the driver stopped, got out of the vehicle and looked at the pedestrian on the ground, but then left the scene.

John Adrian Esparza (Marshall County Sheriff's Office)
John Adrian Esparza (Marshall County Sheriff’s Office)

KXAS reports Spelman was just blocks away from her Uptown home when she was hit.

On Monday night, Dallas police, along with the help of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma, were able to track down the suspect vehicle in Madill, Oklahoma. John Adrian Esparza, 38, of Marshall County, was arrested.

Spelman’s family released a statement to KXAS stating, “We are grateful for the efforts of the Dallas Police Department, the Mayor’s Office, and all those working to find justice for Rachel. Our greatest honor was being her family and we know her legacy will continue on in the lives of those she loved so selflessly.”

Lt. Robert Arredondo with Dallas police said, “While we know this is a very hard and tragic time for their family, we hope that the effort of all the law enforcement agencies involved bring them some type of closure, even though it is a very difficult and tragic situation.”

Spelman’s funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Lakeway. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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