ME man killed in hit-and-run ran over a girl in 1968

Carol Sharrow

A woman with a history of drink-driving convictions has hit and killed a Vietnam War veteran who confessed five years ago to killing a four-year-old girl in an alcohol-fuelled 1968 hit-and-run, police say.

Douglas Parkurst, from ME in the USA has been hailed a hero for pushing children out of the way as a woman with a history of drunken driving convictions sped across the field on Friday night.

The 4-year-old was struck and killed on the corner of 2nd and Division streets in Fulton.

The obvious is that Parkhurst died the way her sister died: struck by a hit-and-run driver, she said.

"The public was really put at risk that night and that's why I think the judge is setting (bail) so high", she said.

Mr Curley later recognised that the driver was Ms Sharrow, who worked as his grandmother's caretaker 12 years ago.

Douglas Parkhurst, 68, was fatally injured while protecting a group of young baseball players when 51-year-old Carol Sharrow, of Sanford, Maine, plowed her vehicle through the field during the middle of the game, according to the New York Daily News.

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The coming days will be a test of whether Douglas Parkhurst, 68, of West Newfield, Maine, will be granted redemption by public opinion.

Police received a tip-off that Parkhurst, then 18 years old, had apparently crashed a Buick into a pole that same night. "I know it's wrong, but I am relieved".

Parkhurst was never charged in the girl's death because the statute of limitations had expired, but signed a four-page confession after two interviews with investigators. He said she was reported missing in 2014 and found in the woods about 24 hours after she was last seen at a local restaurant.

"She entered through the gates behind us and entered onto the field, and then exited the field and exited the ballpark, striking a male in the roadway", Corporal Matthew Gagne of the Sanford Police Department said. I did not stop. 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 remember seeing any kids but I believe in my heart I hit the little Ashby girl with my auto. "I am oh so sorry". "Sometime I may be able to forgive him, but not right now".

"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. He moved to ME and faced no consequences. She was taken to York County Jail in Alfred, where she remained on Saturday.

"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 fearless man that gave his life tonight protecting others", Sanford Little League officials said in a social media posting, per the Journal Tribune.

A man who was behind the wheel in a deadly hit-and-run in Fulton almost 50 years ago, has lost his life in an eerily similar way.

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