Utah family mourns 6-year-old girl’s death in ‘fluke accident’ at golf course

    (KUTV) — A Utah family is mourning the death of their 6-year-old daughter, who died when she was struck by a golf ball at an Orem golf course.1.00KUTV

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    Aria Hill was waiting in a golf cart about 20 yards from where her father was teeing off, when the ball veered off course and hit her in the head, Orem police told media. 

    Paramedics responded to the Sleepy Ridge Golf Course and took Hill to a hospital, where she later died.

    A Utah family is mourning the death of their 6-year-old daughter, who died when she was struck by a golf ball at an Orem golf course. Aria Hill was waiting in a golf cart about 20 yards from where her father was teeing off, when the ball veered off course and hit her in the head, Orem police told media. (Photo courtesy Hill/Smith families)

    “A complete, fluke accident — you couldn’t repeat it if you tried,” Hill’s uncle, David Smith said. “She just happened to be in the exact wrong place, just directly across from him, when it happened.”

    Hill spoke to 2News on behalf of his entire family, who gathered at their Sandy home to support one another on the day after the girl’s death.

    “You really can’t imagine what this is going to be like until it happens,” Smith said.

    A Utah family is mourning the death of their 6-year-old daughter, who died when she was struck by a golf ball at an Orem golf course. Aria Hill was waiting in a golf cart about 20 yards from where her father was teeing off, when the ball veered off course and hit her in the head, Orem police told media. (Photo courtesy Hill/Smith families)

    Smith described Hill as a vibrant and playful child. When asked what her favorite color was, he says she had a prepared statement that “purple is my favorite color.”

    “She was just such a happy kid, really happy, friendly, always said hi to everyone she met,” Smith said.

    The family has established a fundraising website to help cover funeral expenses.

    The girl’s mother released a statement on the fundraising site:

    “We are so grateful for all the love, support, and prayers made in our behalf during this difficult time. We’ve truly felt comforted. Aria was the sassiest girl in the world. 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…Fly high my little angel”

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