6 year old Utah girl, Aria Hill killed after being hit by a golf ball her father struck on Orem golf course. Daughter often went golfing with father.
A 6-year-old Utah girl was killed Monday in a ‘freak accident’ after being struck by a golf ball on an Orem course.
Aria Hill was sitting in a golf cart on the cart path at the Links at Sleepy Ridge, 730 S. Sleepy Ridge Dr., when her father hit the ball that struck her on the back of her neck, according to police.
The 911 call came in at about 10:25 a.m., Orem Police Lt. Trent Colledge said.
KSL reported the child being taken to a local hospital in critical condition and then flown by helicopter to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, where she died from her injuries later that night.
The golf cart was neither directly behind nor directly in front of Aria’s father, according to Colledge. He said the cart was between 45 and 90 degrees to the father’s left.
“It was just a fluke accident” – 6-year-old Aria Hill died at a #Orem golf course when a ball her dad hit accidentally struck her in the head. Tonight, her family talked with me about her life that was tragically cut short. https://t.co/Ezw8Lctjaz @KUTV2News at 10 pic.twitter.com/vRXb1EkD1W
— Jeremy Harris (@JeremyHarrisTV) July 17, 2019
Daddy’s golfing buddy:
Aria went golfing with her dad often, her uncle, David Smith, said. He described her as her father’s ‘golfing buddy.’
‘She loved doing it and had a good time with it all,’ Smith said. ‘That was one of their things that they would do together. It was something that was really important to them and something they did all the time.’
Steven Marett, the head golf professional at the golf course, said that while he’d occasionally seen people get hit with golf balls at the course before, he had never heard of anybody being killed by a ball or even seriously injured.
‘This is absolutely unimaginable, and it’s been devastating to see it at the course and in the community,’ Marett said.
Police are investigating the incident but Colledge said Aria’s death appears to be a ‘tragic accident.’
A GoFundMe* account set up by family members has raised over $8,424 for funeral expenses.