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Police seek truck that hit Marine who stopped to help disabled vehicle

An undated photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows Marine Cpl. William Ferrell of Carthage, North Carolina.
An undated photo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows Marine Cpl. William Ferrell of Carthage, North Carolina. (Associated Press)

THURMONT, Md. (AP) —The commander of the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington says a Camp David guard killed by a hit-and-run driver was acting in a characteristically selfless manner when he was struck.

Col. Benjamin Watson issued the statement Wednesday as police searched for the driver of the truck that hit 21-year-old Cpl. William Ferrell Tuesday night.

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Maryland State Police say Ferrell was killed while assisting a disabled motorist on the shoulder of northbound U.S. 15 in a rainstorm near Thurmont.

They say the truck that hit him was a tractor-trailer or heavy-duty pickup with a car-hauling trailer.

Watson says Ferrell's unit is "heartbroken" by his death.

Ferrell was assigned to Camp David last year. He was from Carthage, North Carolina.

He graduated from basic training in 2012 and promoted to corporal in August 2014.

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