WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 6-year-old Utah girl on Monday died after being struck in the head by a golf ball her dad hit while out on a father-daughter golfing trip.
- The little girl, named Aria Hill, was sitting in a golf cart when her father hit a golf ball that struck her in the base of her neck.
- Aria’s uncle, David Smith, told the media outlet that she often went golfing with her dad. She was even called her father’s “golfing buddy.”
A 6-year-old Utah girl on Monday died after being struck in the head by a golf ball her dad hit while out on a father-daughter golfing trip at the Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem. The grieving family identified the little girl as Aria Hill.
According to reports from CBS affiliate KCTV, Aria was sitting in a golf cart when her father hit a golf ball that struck the young girl in the base of her neck. She was in critical condition when she was taken to a local hospital, where she died that night.
“She was silly, spunky, creative, unique, and so so full of love for everyone she came in contact with,” her mother describes Aria in a statement shared on a GoFundMe campaign launched for the family. “There is a huge hole in our hearts that she has taken with her back to Heaven…Fly high my little angel.”
Police believe it was an accident but still started an investigation on the accident.
Aria’s uncle, David Smith, told the media outlet that she often went golfing with her dad. She was even called her father’s “golfing buddy.”
“She loved doing it and had a good time with it all,” Smith told KSL. “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.”
Sleepy Ridge Golf Course did not immediately respond to a request from comment from PEOPLE, but head golf professional Steven Marett told KSL that he’s never seen anything like Monday’s accident at the golf course.
“This is absolutely unimaginable, and it’s been devastating to see it at the course and in the community,” Marett said.
“Aria brought contagious joy and light to every room or place she entered, and is dearly loved by so many because of the love she shared so freely and effortlessly,” the GoFundMe states.
“She was an incredible big sister to her brothers, wonderful friend to her cousins and neighbors, and had a smile that let you know she was probably up to something — and that something was surely going to bring a smile to your face, a laugh to your soul, or tears of joy to your eyes.”