Syracuse teen dies days after driveway accident

Sunday , August 10, 2014 - 11:44 PM

Standard-Examiner staff

SYRACUSE — A 15-year-old Syracuse teen who was accidentally run over in her driveway Friday afternoon died Sunday afternoon, according to her church bishop and family spokesman.

Marli Hamblin was sunbathing on her driveway near 3000 West and 2700 South when a family member was backing up a Chevrolet pickup truck out of the garage, Syracuse police spokesperson Erin Behm told the Standard-Examiner.

The Syracuse High School sophomore cheerleader was listening to music on her iPod when she was hit, according to Behm, adding that the driver had no idea Hamblin was there.

Hamblin was flown in critical condition to Ogden Regional Medical Center. She died shortly after 1 p.m., on Sunday.

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Her story has been shared on social media several thousand times since the incident.

“We have had such an outpouring of support,“ said Hamblin’s bishop and family relative, Lance Hamblin on Sunday afternoon.

Lance Hamblin said the best way family, friends and those concerned may help is to make a donation to America First Credit Union under the name Marli Hamblin Charitable Fund for the growing medical bills.

”There are just too many offerings,“ Lance Hamblin said adding that donations ”will just help the family the best I believe.“

Those who wish to donate to Hamblin and her family may do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/crxor0. 

Hamblin’s GoFundMe fundraiser had garnered more than $6,500 as of Sunday night. The donation goal on that site is set at $50,000.

This is the fourth death Syracuse High has experienced this summer. Two Clinton teens, one a Syracuse High student the other a graduate, died in a single-engine plane crash in Nevada. On July 23, Ariah Bosworth passed away; according to her obituary she would have been a junior at Syracuse High this upcoming school year.

Cimaron Neugebauer contributed to this story.

Contact reporter Morgan Briesmaster at 801-625-4268 or mbriesmaster@standard.net. Follow her on Twitter at @SE_mbriesmaster. Like her Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SEMorganBriesmaster.

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