September 30, 2015
(THURMONT, MD) — Maryland State Police are searching for the driver of a hit and run vehicle that struck and killed a U.S. Marine who had stopped to help a disabled motorist along Rt. 15 in Frederick County last night.
The deceased is identified as William Ferrell, 21, of Carthage, N.C. He was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the Naval Support Facility in Thurmont, Md.
At about 10:50 p.m. yesterday, troopers from the Frederick Barrack were dispatched to a hit and run crash on northbound US Rt. 15, north of Auburn Rd, in Thurmont.
The preliminary investigation indicates Ferrell had stopped in his 2012 Nissan Titan to help a motorist whose vehicle was disabled during the heavy rain storm.
Evidence indicates Ferrell was standing outside of his truck on the highway shoulder when an unknown vehicle struck him, causing fatal injuries. The vehicle also struck the victim’s vehicle.
The suspect vehicle is described as either a truck tractor or a heavy duty pick-up truck towing a car hauling trailer. Witnesses said the vehicle stopped briefly north of the crash, but soon left without contacting anyone at the scene. The vehicle should have obvious damage to the right side of the truck and or the trailer it was hauling.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or may have information about the hit and run vehicle and/or driver is urged to immediately contact the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack at 301-600-4151. Callers may remain anonymous.
The crash remains under investigation by the Maryland State Police Crash Team. The northbound lanes of US RT 15, north of Auburn Road were closed for approximately four hours with the assistance of personnel from the Maryland State Highway Administration. The roadway was reopened at approximately 3:30 a.m. today.