6-year-old Utah girl killed by golf ball hit by her father

A girl was killed Monday when she was accidentally struck in the head by a golf ball at an Orem golf course.

The girl was golfing with her father at the Sleepy Ridge Golf Course on Monday morning about 10:25 a.m., according to police. The child was sitting in a golf cart as her father teed off about 20 yards away.

“The ball struck her in the back of the head, at the base of her neck,” said Lt. Todd Colledge of the Orem Police Department.

The child was transported by ambulance to a hospital and then flown by helicopter to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. She died about 9:25 p.m. on Monday.

“It’s an extremely tragic accident,” Colledge said. “I can’t imagine what that father is going through.”

Police did not identify the girl, but her family has set up a GoFundMe page for Aria Hill, the daughter of Talysa and Kellen Hill, to raise money for funeral and medical costs.

“Aria was the sassiest girl in the world,” wrote Talysa Hill. “She was silly, spunky, creative, unique, and so so full of love for everyone she came in contact with. There is a huge hole in our hearts that she has taken with her back to heaven.”