Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Man Saves Kids, Dies After Car Plows Onto Baseball Field During Game

Man Saves Kids, Dies After Car Plows Onto Baseball Field During Game

After the vehicle got off the field, [the driver] came to the gate and the older guy pushed the kids right out of the way.

Witness video shows a maroon vehicle spinning around the bases on the baseball field. The driver then "sped toward the open main gate" and hit a pedestrian as she fled the scene, investigators said.

She ran over 58-year-old Douglas Parkhurst before driving off. Carol Sharrow, 51, was later arrested in connection with the incident. The Sanford Police Department asks anyone who has video of the events on the ball field to call them at 324-9170, extension 1.

Sanford Maine Little League in a Facebook post said the "baseball community was stuck by tragedy" and expressed its "heartfelt gratitude that physically all of the players from Babe Ruth and Little League are safe" as well as its "deep sorrow to the family of the fearless man that gave his life tonight protecting others". "Let's come together to show community pride and help these boys feel safe to return to their beloved field", the league said.

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Jones said Sharrow has a drunken driving conviction in ME and an aggravated drunken driving conviction in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Gagne said, "so the stands were full". Clifton said he rushed over to Parkhurst and "it did not look good".

According to the Fulton police release, the department received a new lead in 2012 in which a witness said she was approached by a Parkhurst family member soon after the accident in 1968.

One witness detailed Parkhurst's heroics.

Despite being interviewed in 1968 and misleading police to believe he was involved in an accident with a guard post in Volney, New York, Parkhurst became the center of the now reopened investigation. Maine State Police will work to reconstruct the incident Saturday.

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