UPDATE: Hospital officials confirmed to FOX 13 News Sunday that Marli Hamblin died due to injuries suffered in Friday’s accident.
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SYRACUSE, Utah — Prayers, hugs, tears and togetherness, that’s how Ron Hamblin’s family is coping with the news that his 15-year-old granddaughter, Marli Hamblin, is in critical condition and in a coma following Friday’s accident, when Marli was run over by a truck while sunbathing in a driveway.
“We haven’t given up hope, there is still a possibility that she could pull through, not a very good percentage, but we’ll take what we can get,” Ron Hamblin said.
According to police, Marli was lying on a blanket, sunbathing in her driveway while listening to music on her headphones when her older sister backed out of the garage in a pickup truck, accidentally running her over. It occurred around noon near 3000 west and 2700 south.
“The driver wasn’t paying attention, obviously didn’t think there would be anyone in the driveway, and just backed out of the driveway,” said Officer Erin Behm of the Syracuse Police Department.
Marli’s cousin was outside at the time, just a few houses down.
“Everyone was in shock and in panic,” Takenna Hamblin said. “It’s been tough, we’re really close and it’s hard to see a loved one like this.”
Marli was airlifted to Ogden Regional Medical Center.
“Her dad and I gave her a blessing yesterday and I could see her face that’s all,” Ron Hamblin said.
Marli’s sister is not facing any charges in this case.
“No foul play, it was just a tragic accident,” Behm said.
“She’s having a very difficult time, beating herself up, all we can do is encourage her you know, it’s just an accident, it can happen to anybody at any given time,” Ron Hamblin said.
The Hamblin family said Marli has a bright future, and had recently made the Syracuse High School cheerleading squad. They said it’s that motivation that gives them hope that she will pull through.
“She worked hard at it, her desire was to succeed in whatever she did,” Ron Hamblin said.
For those who wish to help the family with medical costs, a donation account has been created in Marli’s name at American First Credit Union. Donations can be made at any branch. A GoFundMe account has also been set up, click here to visit the page.