Driver sought after colliding with cars on Avenue L


FORT MADISON – Area law enforcement are searching for a suspect involved in a multi-car collision in the 3500 block of Avenue L Friday afternoon. The suspect has been identified as Matthew J. Wells.

Matthew J. Wells

The collision occurred at about 3:15 p.m. at the DuPont outlet on Avenue L and involved two vehicles at the scene and a third vehicle as a suspect in a silver Pontiac left the scene striking that vehicle.

A motorist followed the vehicle around the vicinity of the accident and eventually lost track of the car, but the vehicle was discovered parked facing east between a home in the 3300 block of Avenue G.

Area law enforcement officials monitor a home in the 3300 block of Avenue G on Friday afternoon and a motorist who struck several vehicles in the 3500 block of Avenue L left the scene and abandoned his vehicle between the home and a garage. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

The Pontiac had Kansas license plates, but the driver had abandoned the vehicle and police are still looking for the suspect. Officers with the Fort Madison Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa State Patrol remained at the scene of the home on Avenue G while other officers tended to the accident on Avenue L.

No emergency responders were needed at the accident scene as no injuries were reported.

Lee County Sheriff’s deputy Craig Burch checks on a motorist after a moving vehicle struck several other vehicles in the 3500 block of Avenue L and fled the scene. Photo by Chuck Vandenberg/PCC

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