Driver in fatal hit and run comes forward

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 17, 2011 7:20 AM

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The alleged driver in a Sunday fatal hit-and-run accident on Interstate 80 has come forward.

According to authorities, Randall Nelson, 53, Otley, Iowa, told the State Patrol he may have been the driver in the accident that killed Maxwell Wallace, 18, of South Amana.

Reports show Wallace was struck and killed while walking in the westbound lane of Interstate 80, just west of Coralville.

Evidence located at the scene of the incident confirmed it was Nelson’s 2006 Chevy Impala, police said.

After Wallace was fatally injured, he was hit by Loretta Masterson in a 2002 Ford Explorer.

Masterson, who stopped at the scene to call 911, has been cooperative and no charges are expected to be filed against her, officers said.

Officials said they believe Wallace was on foot in the area because he had gotten into an argument with a female friend, Vivianna Peak, 18, of North Liberty.

A press release said Wallace got out of her car near the westbound Tiffin exit after a disagreement.

He then walked into traffic and was nearly struck by two drivers who also stopped to call 911 before he was hit by Nelson.

— by Hayley Bruce

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