BARNEGAT, NJ - A local woman was killed Monday morning in a tragic accident.  Mrs. Marie Thorne was hit by a vehicle while walking on Ridgeway Avenue in Barnegat near her home at approximately 7:50 a.m..  Police had been seeking the person who struck and killed Thorne throughout the day and, according to the family, a woman has been arrested in conjunction with the incident.

Barnegat Police and the Ocean County Prosecutors office announced this morning that Cassie Hansen, age 27 has been arrested in the case.  Hansen was arrested at 6:50 PM on Monday evening.  Hansen was arrested for knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death.  She was arrested at her home on Center Street in Barnegat.  Hansen is lodged in the Ocean County Jail with 150.000.00 bail with no 10% option.  

Mrs. Marie Thorne was extremely involved in the Southern Ocean County area. She was a long time member of the Cedar Run Assembly of God Church in Cedar Run. She was described by family and friends as a very encouraging and loving person. Thorne was always ministering and helping others. Thorne was a strong supporter of Lighthouse Christian Academy in Manahawkin when her children were younger and attended the school.   

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Thorne is survived by her husband Gary and her two sons, Gary and Brad.  Her third son Eric passed away a number of years ago. She has two daughters-in-law.  Stephanie, who is Gary Jr.'s wife and Colleen, married to Brad.  Thorne also leaves behind a number of grandchildren.  

Brad Thorne reported today, "My mother Marie, the greatest prayer warrior and 'mum-mum' to our children is hugging Jesus in glory right now. She has been reunited with my brother Eric and must have the biggest smile."

The family has a strong faith in Jesus Christ.  The family has prayed for the person responsible for Marie's death.

"Jesus has forgiven each of us a greater debt, (all of our sins)," Brad Thorne said. "We just learned that the driver who struck Mom was arrested. We spent time tonight praying for her.  We forgive her and pray God would be made known in her life.  We miss Mom terribly but know her greatest desire was for others to know God through her life and now even in death."