A 68-year-old man died on Friday after a woman drove her car across a baseball field in the middle of a little league game in Maine.
Douglas Parkhurst had been near a group of children when the car entered the field, and witnesses say he had been pushing them out of harm’s way while trying to get the car to stop.
Justin Clifton, who had been playing basketball nearby, told News Center Maine Parkhurst had given his life for those children – some who were as young as eight.
‘After the car got off the field, [the driver] came to the gate and the older guy pushed the kids right out of the way. He took the hit for the kids,’ he said.
Diana Bittner shared her account of the horrific moment to Facebook.
‘I stood there in horror as this crazy woman, tires smoking, raced up and down the road then drove right onto the ball field,’ she wrote.
‘Kids screaming and running for their lives. They tried to close the huge metal gate to prevent her from leaving and she smashed right through it.
‘That poor man was trying to help close the gate and went flying onto the street. It was a scene I will never forget.
‘I’m so grateful she didn’t hurt anyone else, but everyone there I’m sure were all as traumatized as I was.
‘Just horrible and so sad for this man and his family.’ =
The car was being driven by Carol Sharrow, 51, who has been charged with manslaughter.
Police say at the time her car entered the field, between 200 and 300 people were in the stands and there were children on the field, who scattered to avoid the vehicle.
Video of the horrific moment shows people screaming and running across the field as Sharrow speeds in and spins her maroon sedan around the bases.
After Sharrow hit Parkhurst, police say she sped away from the scene, and Parkhurst died on his way to hospital.
Sharrow was arrested and has been booked into York County Jail, while police continue to investigate.
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Source: Daily Mail