Sanford, ME – A woman drove across a baseball diamond during a kids’ baseball game on June 1st, killing a 68-year-old man who was trying to shut a gate to protect the children (video below).
Carol Sharrow, 51, was arrested and charged with manslaughter after she careened across a youth baseball diamond in the middle of a Babe Ruth league game.
In the video captured by someone in the stands, the car drove erratically on the ballfield while bystanders and players screamed and scattered.
Witnesses told police that Douglas Parkhurst tried to shut the gates, and was mowed down by Sharrow’s car in the process.
They said Parkhurst, who was at the game to watch his grandson play, pushed several children to safety before being struck by the car, according to the Portland Press Herald.
He died on the way to the hospital, KSTU reported. Police have said the man had no connection to the driver.
Sharrow has had two previous drunken driving convictions, one in Maine and one in New Hampshire, WMUR reported.
Police have not yet said if alcohol was a factor in the incident that left a grandfather dead, according to the Portland Press Herald.
She appeared in court on June 4, and was ordered held at York County Jail on a $500,000 bail, WMUR reported.
Sharrow did not enter a plea at her first appearance, as is standard for initial court appearances in Maine, according to WMUR.
The Sanford Maine Little League posted a statement on its Facebook page lauding Parkhurst’s heroic act.
“As you are all aware by now our baseball community was struck by tragedy tonight. We want to share our heartfelt gratitude that physically all of the players from Babe Ruth and Little League are safe and our deep sorrow to the family of the brave man that gave his life tonight protecting others,” the statement read.
But then in a strange twist, the grandfather who died trying to stop Sharrow on the baseball field was outed by the Portland Press Herald as having confessed five years ago to the hit-and-run killing of a four-year-old girl in 1968.
The Portland Press Herald reported that Parkhurst walked into a police station in Fulton, New York in 2013 and admitted he was driving the 1962 Buick Special that killed little Carolee Ashby.
He told police he had been out drinking with his brother before he hit Carolee. But because Parkhurst came forward after the statute of limitations had expired, he served no time for killing the four year old, the Washington Post reported.
Darlene McCann was holding her sister Carolee’s hand when she was struck by Parkhurst’s car in 1968.
McCann told the Portland Press Herald she was overwhelmed by Parkhurst’s death and that it brought her a sense of relief.
“He left us all these years with nothing, not even an ‘I’m sorry,’” McCann said of Parkhurst, according to the Portland Press Herald.
McCann said her father died without knowing about Parkhurst’s confession and her mother died last year without an apology from the man who killed her baby girl.
“I know my mom would have been grateful that children were saved. Sometime I may be able to forgive him, but not right now,” McCann said, according to the Portland Press Herald.
Watch the driver’s terrifying run through a kids’ baseball game in the video below: