A 6-year-old Utah girl died on Monday after she was accidentally struck in the back of the head by her father’s errant tee shot.
Aria Hill was sitting in a parked cart on the cart path about 20 yards to the left of her father at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem, Utah, on Monday morning when he went to the tee box to tee off. Her father’s drive went off course and struck her in the back of the head at the base of her skull, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. She died later that night after being transported to the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.
“[It was] a complete, fluke accident,” Hill’s uncle, David Smith, said via KUTV. “You couldn’t repeat it if you tried. She just happened to be in the exact wrong place, just directly across from him, when it happened.”
Lt. Trent Colledge of the Orem Police Department said they are not considering criminal charges in the incident. Instead, they are treating it as a “horrible accident.”
“It’s an extremely tragic accident,” Colledge said, via the Salt Lake Tribune. “I can’t imagine what that father is going through.”
The family has since set up a GoFundMe page to help offset costs of the funeral for Hill, who the family said always “brought contagious joy and light to every room or place she entered.”
“Aria was full of joy and compassion,” Smith said, via USA Today. “She loved her parents and was a proud ‘sissy’ to her younger twin brothers. She loved fully, and will be missed by everyone who knew her.
“This tragic accident has brought unimaginable difficulty, yet we’re grateful for the overwhelming support our family has received.”