Iowa State Patrol wants help finding vehicle in fatal Interstate 80 crash

Gazette Staff/SourceMedia
Published: February 14 2011 | 9:49 am - Updated: 31 March 2014 | 11:30 am in
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The Iowa State Patrol is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident on Interstate 80 near Tiffin.

Maxwell James Wallace, 18, of Iowa City was killed after he was struck while walking in the westbound lanes of I-80, near mile marker 238, west of the I-80 and I-380 interchange, just before midnight Saturday.

The vehicle that hit him did not stop at the scene, and the driver may not have realized that he or she struck a person, State Patrol officials said. The vehicle likely sustained significant damage to one of the wheel wells. It may also have undercarriage damage, and possible dents to a front fender or door. No information is known on the type, make, or model of vehicle involved, officials said.

Officers with the Iowa State Patrol and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance in finding the vehicle.

After Wallace was fatally injured by the first vehicle, he was then struck by a second vehicle, a 2002 Ford Explorer. The driver of the second vehicle, Loretta Masterson of North English, stopped at the scene and called 911. No charges are expected to be filed against her, officials said.

Investigators believe Wallace was on foot in the area because he had been a passenger in a 2000 Dodge Intrepid driven by a friend, Vivianna Peak, age 18, of North Liberty. According to investigators, Wallace got out of the car near the westbound Tiffin exit ramp, then walked back down the ramp to I-80 where he walked into traffic and was nearly struck by two drivers, both of whom stopped and called 911. He was then struck by the vehicle that didn't stop at the scene.

Anyone with information that can help investigators locate the vehicle involved in the hit and run is asked to contact the Iowa State Patrol at 396-4414, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department at 356-6800 or local law enforcement.

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