A Vietnam veteran who "gave his life" while trying to save others as a auto sped through a youth baseball game in ME had previously confessed to being on the other side of the wheel of a deadly accident - a decades-old hit-and-run that left a 4-year-old girl dead, police said. Some 400 miles away, the news is bringing relief to one family, reports the Washington Post.
ALFRED -A judge ordered Carol Sharrow held on $500,000 cash bail on a manslaughter charge Monday, after she allegedly drove onto a Sanford baseball field Friday night and killed a spectator who was watching the game.
Sixty-eight-year-old Douglas Parkhurst was hit and killed. Sharrow has two previous convictions for drunken driving, according to police.
Parkhurst, who was accused of killing Carolee Ashby in a hit-and-run back in 1968, this time played the hero. Now I am relieved. I truly am. The same thing that happened to my sister happened to him. She went to buy candles for her cake with her little sister and cousin.
Sanford police Detective Sgt. Matthew Jones said Sharrow has a drunken driving conviction in ME and an aggravated drunk driving conviction in New Hampshire, the Portland Press Herald reported.
Parkhurst died from his injuries on the way to the hospital.
"Now it is time to move on", she said.
Police received a tip about Parkhurst and went to interview the teen about the accident. When showed a picture of his Buick Special, Parkhurst said he did not know if he was driving it at the time. Investigators looked at the damage to his vehicle and even had him take officers out to where he claimed he'd hit his auto against a roadside guardrail, the Post-Standard reported.
In 2012, after Johnson had retired from law enforcement, he wrote a post on Facebook about the unsolved 1968 homicide.
Sharrow's psychological examination will probably be conducted over the next couple of months, Ruffner said, but the results won't be made public unless they become an issue in the case - if Ruffner tries to argue that his client is not competent to stand trial or not criminally responsible for her actions, for example.
"While I drove through the city of Fulton, I heard a thud", Mr Parkhurst wrote in his confession, in which he estimated he had around three beers. "It sounded like I hit a dog". He and his brother had been drinking when they left their brother's house and drove into Fulton; his brother was passed out in the back seat. "I don't know where I hit that thing". I don't remember hitting the brakes.
"That did not happen, but I don't know why the police never challenged me on this", he wrote. He admitted that he believed that he hit Ashby that night.
"I saw the auto pull out of the gate right over there and this guy had some kids with him", Justin Cliffton, who had been playing basketball nearby when the deadly incident occurred, told News Center Maine. She was convicted of aggravated driving under the influence in New Hampshire in 2002 and was charged with operating under the influence by York County Sheriff's Office, in ME, at an uncertain date, WMTW reported.
"I know my mom would have been grateful that children were saved", McCann told the Portland Press Herald.