Girl (6) killed after being hit by dad's golf ball

2019-07-18 13:32
Aria Hill. (Photo: GoFundMe page)

Aria Hill. (Photo: GoFundMe page)

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A 6-year-old girl has tragically died after her dad accidentally hit her with a golf ball.

Aria Hill from Utah in the US was reportedly sitting in a parked golf cart on Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem when the ball hit her in the back of the neck, CNN reports.

Her dad, Kellen, mishit the ball which then travelled to the golf cart Aria was sitting in at about a 45 to 90 degree angle to the left of him, according to the Orem Police Department.

"The ball struck her at the back of the head, at the base of her neck," Lieutenant Trent Colledge says.

Little Aria was in a critical condition and was rushed to a hospital in Salt Lake City but died from her injuries on Monday 15 July, Metro reports.

Her uncle David Smith, told KSL that Aria was her dad's golfing buddy.

"She loved it and had a good time there," David said.

"It was one of their things that they would do together. It was something that was really important to them and they did all the time."

Local police say Aria's death was a freak accident and they'll not be pressing charges against Kellen, who's also dad to twin boys.

"It was a tragic accident. I can't imagine what that father is going through," Lieutenant Colledge says.

Aria's family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to pay for her funeral expenses.

"We're so grateful for all the love, support, and prayers made on our behalf during this difficult time," Talysa, Aria's mother, wrote on the page.

"We've truly felt comforted. Aria was the sassiest girl in the world. She was silly, spunky, creative, unique, and so, so full of love for everyone she came in contact with.

"There's a huge hole in our hearts that she has taken with her back to Heaven ... Fly high my little angel."

Sources: CNN, Metro, KSL

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