An incident in Sanford, Maine left one man dead after a woman drove her car onto a baseball field during a Babe Ruth baseball game. Carol Sharrow allegedly struck and killed Douglas Parkhurst on Friday night while he was watching his grandson’s game.
Sharrow was charged with manslaughter and is currently being held on $500,000 bail. The whole thing was captured in a video that shows the car driving out on the field with no apparent plan. Police say Sharrow drove right through an open gate and straight out there, killing 68-year-old Parkhurst in the process.
There’s no word yet on whether alcohol played a factor in the crash, however Sanford does have two prior drunk driving convictions. It’s a very strange situation that only gets stranger when you get a little history on Parkhurst.
Back in 1968, Parkhust was involved in a hit-and-run on Halloween night. This time he wasn’t the victim, but the perpetrator. He was only 18 at the time and although he initially denied he was involved, he eventually confessed to hitting 4-year-old Carolee Ashby.
The girl was walking across the street with her sister in Fulton, New York when she was struck and killed by Parkhurst. Fifty years later, Parkhurst was trying to save lives when he was struck and killed. Witnesses say he was trying to close the gate so Sharrow couldn’t escape the field when he was hit. He died of his injuries on the way to the hospital.
Adding to the tragedy is the large number of children who were at the game to witness the whole event. The city of Sanford had grief counselors available for students on Monday to help them process it all. They also encouraged parents to talk to their kids rather than ignoring the incident.
Sharrow did not speak when she appeared in court on Monday and no plea has yet been entered.