SANFORD — A strange scene emerged Saturday morning as police continue to investigate a killing after a 51-year-old woman allegedly drove her car onto a baseball diamond at Goodall Park, striking and killing a 68-year-old man.

Maine State police were flying a drone over the area while on the field, children played their scheduled 9 a.m. game. Hundreds of fans turned out for the game after Sanford Little League officials put out a call to the community for support for the players.

Police tape was still draped from the crumpled gate where police said Carol Sharrow of Sanford tried to escape after driving onto the field and striking Douglas Parkhurst. Parkhurst died en route to a local hospital, according to the Sanford Police.

Witnesses to the incident posted in a Sanford community Facebook group that the man was trying to close a gate when he was hit. A video posted by a witness shows a maroon sedan speeding clockwise around the bases while people run from the field and children in the stands scream.

Sharrow was arrested Friday night and charged with manslaughter. She is being held at the York County Jail.

Sanford Little League officials posted on Facebook that all players who saw the incident were physically unharmed.


“We want to share our heartfelt gratitude that physically all of our 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 Facebook post said.

This case remains open and under investigation by members of Sanford Police and Maine State Police. The Sanford Police Department is asking that anyone who has video of the events that transpired to please contact us at 207-324-9170 ext. 1.

Police tape drapes the crumpled gate where police allege a woman tried to escape after striking and killing a man on a baseball diamond at Goodall Park in Sanford. (Beth Quimby/Portland Press Herald)

Carol Sharrow

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