'Hero' Who Died Saving Little Leaguers From Oncoming Car Has Past Tragedy Revealed

They say there are no accidents, and sometimes when you look at the way events unfold, you can believe it. Consider the fate of one 68-year-old man on Friday: he died pushing children out of the way of a speeding vehicle.

As it turns out, he once committed a hit-and-run and killed a child.

Douglas Parkhurst got lots of praise from his community on Friday. A vehicle sped onto a baseball field in Sanford, Maine during a little league game.

There was no one on the field at the time, but the driver of the car did a loop around home plate, and then drove onto a roadway that surrounds the field.

Parkhurst was on the road with several children. Witnesses say he risked his life to push children, including his grandson, out of the way. He then tried to close the gate before the car entered but lost the battle.

The older man was struck by the vehicle and was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, he couldn't be saved. He died of his injuries.

Carol Sharrow, the 52-year-old driver of the car, was arrested. She's been charged with manslaughter.

Parkhurst was once in her shoes. He took a life by hitting someone with his car. Some 50 years ago, when he was living in New York, he hit and killed a 4-year-old girl named Carolee McCann. He fled the scene and was never caught.

Parkhurst was a suspect in the hit-and-run but there was never enough evidence to charge him with the crime. "There were no clearcut answers to why police did not charge Parkhurst, who claimed at the time that a dent in his Buick Special resulted from a crash into a guardrail. The documents showed police were skeptical of that explanation, but it was unclear why police did not continue to investigate Parkhurst,” read a note about the investigation at the time.

He remained silent for more than 40 years. He moved to Maine, started a family and went on with his life. Finally, in 2012, a comment on Facebook led to an investigation being reopened.

Parkhurst got written confirmation from the prosecutor that the statutes of limitations on his crime had run out. It had-- and so, he finally confessed to the deed.

The McCann family say that Parkhurst never apologized. Carolee's mother died waiting for that apology.

Her sister, however, feels that Parkhurst's fate has brought her peace at last. Darlene Asby McCann says that the older man's fate is a type of poetic justice, even in that the woman who hit Parkhurst bore a name so similar to her sister's.

“It feels it has made a full circle. Now I am relieved. I truly am. The same thing that happened to my sister happened to him. It made a complete circle. Now it is time to move on,” McCann said.

McCann does hope that, one day, she'll find it in her heart to forgive Parkhurst, even though he's never apologized. The fact that he saved other children from the terrible fate he caused for Carolee could help her with that struggle.

“I know my mom would have been grateful that children were saved. Sometime I may be able to forgive him, but not right now,” McCann said.

Source: Yahoo
Photos: Facebook via NY Post, YouTube Screenshots, WPTV

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