Syracuse teen hit in driveway remains in critical condition

Sunday , August 10, 2014 - 2:15 AM

SYRACUSE — A 15-year-old girl remains in critical condition after being run over in her driveway Friday, police said.

The girl was sunbathing and in her driveway at about noon when she was run over at her home near 3000 West and 2700 South, Syracuse police officer and spokeswoman Erin Behm told the Standard-Examiner. The girl was airlifted by helicopter to Ogden Regional Medical Center in critical condition, Behm said. Her status was still critical as of noon Saturday.

"She had good vitals and was breathing," Behm said. "(But her condition) was very critical because she's a child."

Police confirmed Saturday the girl was hit by a family member backing up a Chevrolet pickup truck out of the garage. Foul play has been ruled out and the driver will not be charged.

"The person driving had no idea she was there," Behm said.

The girl was listening to her iPod when she was hit, according to a police update released Saturday.

“This is a very tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with the girl and her family,” Behm said in the release.

Family and friends have identified the girl as Marli Hamblin, a Syracuse High School student. Her identity has been released by multiple media organizations and her story has been shared on social media several thousand times in less than 48 hours since the incident.

Those who wish to donate to Hamblin and her family may do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/crxor0. A bank account at America First has also been set up for those wishing to give donations and it is listed under her first and last name. 

Hamblin’s GoFundMe fundraiser had garnered more than $4,000 by just after midnight Sunday morning. The donation goal on that site is set at $50,000.

Contact reporter Ben Lockhart at 801-625-4221 or blockhart@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @SE_Lockhart. Like his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/blockhartSE.

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