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Otley man comes forward in fatal I-80 hit and run


TIFFIN (KWWL) -- Authorities say they have found the driver who killed an Iowa City man in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate-80 Sunday. The Iowa State Patrol says 53-year-old Randall Nelson, of Otley, admitted he may have been the driver. Officials later said evidence at the scene confirmed it was Nelson's vehicle.

18-year-old Maxwell James Wallace was killed shortly after midnight Sunday. The State Patrol says he was struck while walking in the westbound lanes, near mile marker 238. After Wallace was fatally injured by Nelson's 2006 Chevy Impala, authorities say he was 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. Masterson was cleared of 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 Nelson.

The investigation into this incident continues and any decision on charges against Mr. Nelson will be made by the Johnson County Attorney.

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