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Teen charged in deadly hit-and-run outside Hudson Oaks Walmart

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Friends and family are remembering the victim of a deadly hit-and-run as a hardworking, caring person.

Marla Carroll was walking into work at a Hudson Oaks Walmart when police say a 16-year-old girl in a new truck came barreling into the parking lot.

Investigators say it wasn't the driver's only crash that night, and they believe she'd been drinking.

Devastation doesn't seem deep enough to call the tragedy an understatement.

"Everyone that she ever came around cared about her,” said Carroll's stepdaughter, Adele Sewall.

Carroll, 58, worked as a night cashier, but most called her a friend.

"I said, ‘OK, well I want to propose to you,'” said Carroll's manager, Stacy Jo Quinn. “And I got down on one knee and said, ‘Marla, will you be my Walmart wife?' And she said, ‘Of course.'”

But late Monday night, even the quality of Carroll's character couldn't prevent the unpredictable.  

"I see a truck out of nowhere just come around and bam!” said Quinn.

That's when police say the suspect, who had a friend in the front seat, hit Carroll. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor, but toxicology test results are still pending.

Quinn was about 15 feet away when she was hit.

"It looked like they were going to stop and did for a couple of seconds, because they slowed way down, then they just kept on going,” said Quinn.

Witnesses say a customer that worked for CareFlite ran to Carroll's side. She was taken to a Fort Worth hospital, where she died Tuesday.

Police say the 16-year-old suspect switched into the passenger seat, allowing the friend to drive.

They then got into another crash nearby.

Witnesses say hours later, the 16-year-old went back to Walmart, where police arrested her. She has been charged with accident involving injury or death.

Carroll's loved ones feel tremendous anger toward the teen driver.

"Her parents can go see her if they want to,” said Sewall. “We will never get to see her again.”


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