THURMONT, Md. - Maryland State Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who killed a young Marine.
At around 11 p.m. Tuesday in a driving rain, 21-year-old Marine Cpl. William Ferrell stopped and got out of his vehicle to help a driver on the side of the highway on northbound U.S. Route 15 near Thurmont. He was killed when a driver hit him, his truck and kept on going.
"The driver of that vehicle never came back to see if they needed any assistance or to see what had actually happened," said Maryland State Police Trooper Daniel Rishell.
Police are examining Cpl. Ferrell's Nissan truck for evidence. A lookout has been posted in Maryland and Pennsylvania for a heavy duty pickup truck with a car trailer attached.
"With him striking the vehicle and Mr. Ferrell, I think definitely the driver of that vehicle knew exactly what had happened,” said Trooper Rishell.
Ferrell was assigned to the Naval Support Facility at Camp David. He is originally from Carthage, North Carolina.
His commanding officer, Col. Benjamin Watson, said in a statement, "The command is heartbroken by the loss of one of our own, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Cpl. William Ferrell.
"During this difficult time please know that William was a selfless Marine, and his actions reflected his strong and noble character, one that epitomizes a United States Marine."
Maryland State Police said the motorist Cpl. Ferrell stopped to help was not injured. He is being remembered as a Good Samaritan who paid for his kindness with his life.
Police said if you know of a heavy duty truck with a car trailer that might have damage on its front right side, they would like you to give them a call at 301-600-4151. They said any of your information will be kept confidential.