SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- A Friday night baseball game was in the 5th inning, the score was seven to five, when a vehicle entered the field at Goodall Park. Thirteen-year-old Zachary McMurtry was on the mound at the time.
"It is one of the scariest things I have had to deal with," said McMurtry. "Everyone was having fun and all of a sudden that just ruined it."
A maroon car, allegedly driven by 51-year-old Carol Sharrow, entered the field through the left field bullpen, according to McMurtry. Police say the crowd and players scattered. She tore up part of the infield and tried to ram a gate to leave. The fence was heavily damaged and bent, but did not break.
Sharrow then drove back to the main entrance near the concession stand and reportedly struck 68-year-old Douglas Parkhurst of West Newfield. Parkhurst died on the way to the hospital, according to Sanford Police. A witness told NEWS CENTER Maine he took the hit so nearby children were not killed. He is being remembered as a hero. “It's one of the bravest things you can do. Risk your life for kids,” said McMurtry.
Sharrow was later arrested after leaving the scene. She has been charged with manslaughter and is at the York County Jail. Maine State Police used a drone to collect evidence Saturday morning. Police shut down part of Roberts Street to document tire marks. A motive is still under investigation.
A community Facebook page is organizing a gathering at Goodall Park on Wednesday