Auto drives onto ME field during baseball game, 1 man killed

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Police in Sanford, Maine, say a driver is facing manslaughter charges Saturday morning after she struck and killed an elderly man in a tragic incident.

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

On its own Facebook, page, the Sanford Maine Little League organization expressed sorrow at the incident.

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". They would not say if drugs or alcohol were involved in Friday's incident.

Sharrow, 35 at the time, gave an address of of 42 Lenox St., Sanford, Maine.

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Russ Johnson, a retired Fulton police detective who investigated Ashby's case commented on the irony of Parkhurst's death in an interview with The Press Herald. She was charged with felony aggravated DWI after losing control of her speeding auto on Maplewood Avenue, crossing to the wrong side of the road and crashing into a telephone pole, according to police. Clifton said he rushed over to Parkhurst and "it did not look good".

According to a report published Saturday by Oswego County Today in Fulton, New York, Parkhurst, who formerly lived in Oswego, New York, in 2013 confessed to fatally hitting 4-year-old Carolee Ashby with his auto on Halloween night in 1968 in Fulton.

One witness detailed Parkhurst's heroics. Prior to being struck, he was reportedly pushing kids of out the driver's path.

Corporal Matthew Gagne of the Sanford Police Department identified the victim as Douglas Parkhurst, 68. He said he had been in an accident, but in Volney, New York, where he said he hit a guard post, the release states.

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