State police in Maryland are searching for the person responsible for striking and killing a young U.S. Marine who had stopped to help a driver with a disabled vehicle during heavy rain Tuesday night.
William Ferrell, of Carthage, N.C., had stopped his 2012 Nissan Titan to help a driver along Route 15 in Frederick County, not far from the Pennsylvania state line, according to troopers with the Frederick barracks. A state police investigation into the fatal accident showed Ferrell had stood outside of his truck on the highway shoulder during the storm when the vehicle hit him and the disabled vehicle.
The 21-year-old suffered fatal injuries. He was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the Naval Support Facility in Thurmont, Md.
Troopers responded to the hit-and-run at about 10:50 p.m. in the northbound lanes, north of Auburn Road, in Thurmont, police said. The northbound lanes were closed for about four hours and re-opened in the early morning hours on Wednesday.
State police describe the suspect vehicle as either a truck tractor or a heavy duty pick-up truck towing a car hauling trailer. The vehicle, police said, should have “obvious damage” to the right side of the truck and or the trailer it was hauling.
Witnesses told troopers at the scene that the vehicle briefly stopped north of the crash, but the driver then drove from the scene without speaking with anyone.
Maryland State Police Crash Team are continuing to investigate the fatal incident.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or may have information about the hit-and-run vehicle or driver is asked to call Maryland State Police in Frederick at 301-600-4151. Callers may remain anonymous.