Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Woman Charged with Manslaughter After Driving Car onto Little League Field

Woman Charged with Manslaughter After Driving Car onto Little League Field

Parkhurst was rushed to the hospital, but died en route.

Sanford Police Detective Sgt. Matthew Jones said Sharrow has a drunken driving conviction in ME and an aggravated drunk driving conviction in New Hampshire, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Carol Sharrow, 51, was arrested and charged with one count of manslaughter after police said her vehicle came through the main gate of Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine.

Witnesses say the driver entered through a gate near Goodall Field at around 5:00 p.m.

A video showed players and coaches running for safety as the vehicle crossed the field in the middle of a game.

Police said the vehicle at one point struck a closed gate, sped toward the main gate and struck Parkhurst before speeding from the scene.

Police say Douglas Parkhurst, a 68-year-old Vietnam veteran, was hit by the auto as he pushed kids out of harm's way. She was taken to York County Jail in Alfred, where she remained through Saturday.

"It is really fortunate that no one else was hurt", he said.


Yet witness accounts suggest that it was his heroic deeds that saved the lives of several children as a maroon Honda careened out of control on the field on Friday night.

Sanford is a town of about 20,000 people located 45 miles southeast of Portland, Maine.

Police caught the driver, Carol Sharrow, 52, a short time after she hit Parkhurst, police told local reporters.

"We want to share our heartfelt gratitude that physically all of our players from Babe Ruth and Little League are safe", the Sanford Maine Little League said in a Facebook post.

The case went cold for many years before Fulton police followed a tip that came out following a Facebook post in 2012 by retired Fulton Police Department Lieutentant Russ Johnson.

The statute of limitations had expired on the case, so no charges were filed.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Sanford police at 207-324-9170, ext. 1.

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