Girl Run Over While Sunbathing in Driveway Dies
Her sister didn't see her when she opened the garage door and backed up
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2014 3:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Marli Hamblin was simply and tragically in the wrong place at the wrong time. The 15-year-old laid out on a blanket in her family's driveway in Syracuse, Utah, to sunbathe Friday, listening to her iPod through headphones, when her older sister, who did not know she was there, opened the garage door and backed out of the driveway in the family's Chevy truck, reports the Chicago Tribune. Marli, who had just made her high school's cheerleading squad, suffered head trauma and brain damage and was taken off life support Sunday, reports ksl.com.

"They determined there was no brain activity," cousin and LDS bishop Lance Hamblin says. "There was no chance of recovering, so the decision was made to let her pass and return to her Heavenly Father." Syracuse police said Saturday that no charges would be filed, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, while Marli's grandfather, Ron Hamblin, told Fox 13 over the weekend that the sister was "having a very difficult time, beating herself up." A local police officer adds that the driver, who she didn't name, was "really struggling." (Another freak accident, this one involving a boat, claimed a 16-year-old girl's life in Connecticut last week.)

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Ultraworld
Aug 26, 2014 5:49 PM CDT
I worked for a company that used service vans. Part of our safety training was walking around the back of the vehicle to see if anyone is back there. To this day I still do that even parked in the garage. The thought of an incident like this, or a kid in a parking lot scares the hell outta me.
Scott603
Aug 13, 2014 5:23 AM CDT
In my wife's minivan if I turn and look behind me I would not see anyone lying on the ground behind me, or even a kid on a tricycle right behind the car. But I would see both on her backup camera. I'm glad they will soon be in all vehicles. I don't want a "nanny state" either but having fewer kids getting run over trumps that.
carolyn gallaher
Aug 12, 2014 6:31 PM CDT
am sad for this family for many reasons, because I have heard "Brain death" is not true death. Ask Dr. Robert Truog you tube video on "Brain Death." Many people could survive like Zack Dunlap and countless others. But the medical community seems to rush pronouncement of the false lie of "Brain Death" on the patient. Why should a person who has been critically injured get less than a day or an hour to recover. Most sever injuries can take up to a year to heal. Yet the brain injured gets a little less than a day to recover. I wonder if has anything to do with the fact that the severely brain injured falsely declared "brain dead" is the number one potential supply chain for the organ chain who spouts at the mouth, there is an organ shortage, and demands the OPO's meet a quota on their supply of organs.