A man was killed late Tuesday in a hit-and-run crash on U.S. 15 near Auburn Road just south of Thurmont, according to Maryland State Police.
William Ferrell, 21, of Carthage, N.C., had pulled over to assist another motorist at about 10:55 p.m. when he was struck by an unknown type of vehicle, according to a Maryland State Police news release. Police believe the vehicle was a truck tractor or heavy-duty pick-up truck towing a car hauling/carrier trailer.
Witnesses said the driver did stop about 100 yards down the road immediately after the crash, but drove away a few minutes later while witnesses tried to help Ferrell, according to subsequent press releases. Collision reconstruction experts believe Ferrell was standing next to the driver's side of his truck off the roadway when he was struck.
Ferrell was a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps assigned to Camp David, according to state police.
Police closed off U.S. 15 northbound for four hours while the crash was investigated. During that time traffic was diverted to Md. 806.
Maryland State Police ask anyone who may have witnessed this collision, or has information pertaining to the striking vehicle to call 301-600-4151. The striking vehicle should have noticeable damage to the right side of its power unit or to the right side of its trailer, the release stated.