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Syracuse teen dies after being hit by truck while sunbathing

Published: Sunday, Aug. 10 2014 5:10 p.m. MDT

Updated: Sunday, Aug. 10 2014 9:25 p.m. MDT

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SYRACUSE — A teenage girl who was run over by a truck Friday while sunbathing in a driveway died from her injuries Sunday afternoon, according to her LDS Bishop and cousin, Lance Hamblin.

Marli Hamblin, 15, was lying in the driveway of her home near 3000 West and 2700 South around noon when a family member opened the garage door and backed out in a pick-up truck. She was wearing headphones and listening to music, which kept her from hearing the garage door open and the truck approach before it ran over her, according to Syracuse police officer Erin Behm.

She sustained head injuries and was flown to Ogden Regional Hospital in critical condition. Police did not suspect foul play.

"It was just a tragic accident," Behm said.

Community members fasted and prayed for Marli, but medical caregivers determined Sunday that she had no brain activity, Lance Hamblin said.

"Obviously, there was no chance of recovering, so the decision was made to let her pass and return home to her Heavenly Father," he said. "Definitely a huge loss for the family; just a terrible accident that no one can be prepared for."

A Facebook page set up for Marli after the accident also confirmed her death Sunday:

"Our precious Marli is home with her heavenly father. Please continue prayers of comfort for this family during this time."

Hamblin said Marli enjoyed cheerleading and was "energetic" and "full of life." She had an older brother and sister, and two younger brothers.

"She was just an outgoing, bubbly kind of girl," Hamblin said.

An account was opened at America First Credit Union under Marli Hamblin Charitable Account for those wishing to contribute to medical and funeral costs.

Marli's parents were grateful for support from community members and medical personnel, but losing their daughter was extremely difficult to bear, he said.

"There's just no words to describe what they're going through, the devastation and tragedy," he said. "It's just your worst nightmare."

Norman Newbold, a family friend of 16 years, said neighbors and friends were comforted by the belief that they'll see Marli again.

"We believe that some things are not always in our hands," Newbold said. "It's important to realize that the story's not over. Our life continues on after this life. We just have to have faith that it all works out."

Hamblin said he hopes others will learn from the accident and be kinder to those they love.

"Treasure your loved ones. Serve them, be with them and make sure you use kind words because you don't know what tomorrow will bring," he said. "This is a huge tragedy, but we'll use it as a stepping stone hopefully become better people having gone through this."

Email: mjacobsen@deseretnews.com, Twitter: MorganEJacobsen

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