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Sanford woman charged after deadly hit-and-run at baseball game

Carol Sharrow, 51, of Sanford is in the York County Jail held on a manslaughter charge after police say she drove into a baseball field and struck and killed Douglas Parkhurst, 58 of Sanford Friday night. (Sanford Police)

SANFORD (WGME) -- A Sanford woman faces a manslaughter charge after police say she struck and killed a West Newfield man after driving on to the field of a baseball game Friday night.

Carol Sharrow, 51, was arrested after police said she drove a car on to the field at Goodall Park shortly after 7 p.m. Friday.

Sharrow went through the main gate and on to the field, scattering players and bystanders as she "drove erratically" on the field, police said.

Sharrow's car hit a closed gate and she drove back toward the main gate, where she struck Douglas Parkhurst, 68, of West Newfield before speeding away from the scene.

Police said Parkhurst died while being taken to a hospital.

Witness video from inside the ball park shows this was as a game was going on. Kids were on the field and police say 200-300 people were in the stands.

No one on the field was hit, but the driver hit the victim after leaving the ball park.

Friday night on its Facebook page, the Sanford Maine Little League released this statement:

"Good evening everyone, as you are all aware by now our baseball community was struck by tragedy tonight. We want to share our heartfelt gratitude that physically all of the 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. Two of our Minor Boy teams that witnessed this event tonight will play a doubleheader tomorrow morning at LL Park starting at 9 a.m. We encourage any community members that can make it, players to come with their jerseys on, to come support these 8,9&10 years olds. Let’s come together to show community pride and help these boys feel safe to return to their beloved field."

Sanford Police and Maine State Police continue investigating the incident. Anyone with video is asked to contact Sanford Police at (207) 324-9170 ext. 1.

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