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October 20, 2015

A Night to Remember and Heartbreak

Harry M. Covert

It was a dark and stormy night. Rain poured over the highway known as Route 15 northbound toward Thurmont, Maryland.


A young marine spotted a stranded motorist in the downpour and pulled over to the side of the road to help.


He set out road flares, put on a reflective vest and turned on emergency lights in his truck. But, before he could help the troubled car and driver, 21-year-old William Kyle Ferrell was struck and killed by a heavy truck, which some have described as possibly a tow truck or small vehicle-carrier-style truck.


For a moment the driver pulled to the roadside, but soon took off, leaving the scene. It is not known if the unidentified driver knew he had killed the Good Samaritan on that fateful night of September 29.


State Police are looking for the truck driver. To date, no detailed description has been discovered. Despite the nasty weather conditions, someone may have seen the vehicle. A $2,000 reward is offered to anyone who may have seen something that can identify the hit-and-run driver and vehicle.


The hero Marine was stationed at presidential retreat Camp David. He was laid to rest with military honors October 8 in his hometown of Carthage, North Carolina.


In his honor some $12,000 has been raised for the Carthage volunteer fire department he loved.


People in Thurmont and Frederick County want to increase the fund to solve the hit-and-run crime which has raised $2,000. Flags and flowers have created a roadside shrine to honor the late marine.


State Police are asking any witness or witnesses to call 301-600-4151.


The vehicle is described by State Police as large truck that was possibly pulling a car trailer.


Private donors wishing to help find the hit-and-run driver should call Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland. The number is 1-866-7-LOCK UP.


Corporal Ferrell joined the Marine Corps after high school graduation in 2012. Because of his boot camp success at Parris Island and infantry training, he was assigned to the presidential guard at Camp David. His plans were to attend college and then join law enforcement in his home state.


The accident on Route 15 was tragic, quite naturally. Sooner or later the full facts of the fatality will be discovered. The person or persons involved will be named no matter how long it takes.


A nasty night, an emergency vehicle, an honorable marine. A combination that leads to heartbreak for all.


Crime Stoppers and police and sheriffs all well know, someone out there saw something. The hope is that whoever “saw something” that fateful night will “say something,” not merely for the reward but because it’s the right thing to do.


It stands to reason the Hero Marine wasn’t the only motorist on Route 15 North, well-traveled as is Catoctin Mountain Highway. September 29, a night to remember.




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