A 6-year-old Utah girl who went to the golf course along with her father died on Monday after she was struck in the neck by a ball he hit, police mentioned.
The girl was hit while sitting in a golf cart on a course in Orem, a city south of Salt Lake City, just before 10:30 a.m. on Monday, NBC affiliate KSL reported, citing police.
The station recognized the girl as Aria Hill.
Police Lt. Trent Colledge told the Associated Press that the ball hit the 6-year-old at the back of the neck and that she was flown by medical helicopter to a Salt Lake City hospital, the place she died from her injuries on Monday night.
The college stated the girl’s death seems to have been a tragic accident and police don’t have any plans to press charges.
The golf cart was indirectly in front of the girl’s father when she was hit; however, was around 45 to 90 degrees to his left, Colledge instructed KSL.
David Smith, Aria’s uncle, advised KSL that the girl’s father often took her golfing. He stated she was just directly adjacent to her father, who he called an experienced golfer.
“She was his golfing buddy; she liked doing it, and she would all the time be the one in the cart,” he informed the station. “That was one thing that was actually important to them.”
Steven Marett, the head gold pro at the golf course, the Links at Sleepy Ridge, informed KSL that “that is completely unimaginable” and “devastating.”