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Monday, February 14, 2011  


Tiffin, IOWA --- The Iowa State Patrol is asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle involved in a hit and run on Interstate 80 near Tiffin.  Shortly before midnight on Saturday, February 12, 2011, Maxwell James Wallace, age 18 of Iowa City was killed after he was struck while walking in the westbound lanes, near mile marker 238.  The location is just west of the I-80 and I-380 interchange and the City of Coralville.

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.  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.

Law enforcement officers with the Iowa State Patrol and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s assistance to help investigators locate the vehicle that struck Wallace.

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, did stop at the scene and called 911.  Masterson has been cleared of any wrongdoing and no charges are expected to be filed against her.

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.  He 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 continued on. 

If anyone has any information that can help investigators locate the vehicle involved in the hit and run, please contact the Iowa State Patrol at (319) 396-4414, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department at (319) 356-6800 or your local law enforcement agency.

Also assisting the Iowa State Patrol and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are personnel from the Department of Transportation (Oakdale), the Coralville Police Department, and the Johnson County Medical Examiner.


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