Fatal hit-and-run investigation continues

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 15, 2011 7:20 AM

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An investigation is ongoing after a fatal hit-and-run car accident Sunday on Interstate 80 near Tiffin.

Maxwell Wallace, 18, of South Amana was walking down the ramp of a west-bound lane of the highway when he was nearly struck by two vehicles, who stopped to call 911, Iowa State Patrol officials said.

Courtney Greene of the Iowa State Patrol said officials believe Wallace wandered into traffic and was struck by a vehicle that failed to stop. Officials do not know the type, name, or make of the car.

A second car also hit the man, Greene said, but the driver stopped and called police.

“She has completely cooperated, and no charges are expected to be filed against her,” Greene said, noting that officials believe Wallace was deceased at the time of the second hit.

Greene said Wallace left a vehicle parked at the Tiffin interchange after having an argument with the female driver of the vehicle prior to the accident, and officials are still looking into whether alcohol was involved in the incident.

Officers are looking for a vehicle with undercarriage damage.

— by Hayley Bruce

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