Year-old girl accidentally killed by golf ball

A golf ball is seen in a file

A golf ball is seen in a file

A 6-year-old girl watching her father play golf was killed when one of his tee shots hit her in the back of the head.

On impact with the club, the father's golf ball traveled in an unintended direction, and struck his child in the back of the neck, the lieutenant said.

"She was silly, spunky, creative, unique, and so so full of love for everyone she came in contact with", her mother said in a statement shared on a GoFundMe page set up for the family.

The incident is being investigated as a tragic accident, Colledge said, adding that police are not pursuing charges.

Authorities have not released the names of the girl or her father to respect the family's privacy.

Aria was about 18 metres away from her father Kellen Hill when she was struck by the ball.

"A complete, fluke accident - you couldn't repeat it if you tried", Smith told KUTV in Salt Lake City.

On July 16, Kellen and his wife, Talysa, started a Go Fund Me account to help raise money for help with funeral and medical costs.

Aria's uncle, David Smith, told local TV station KSL Aria was her dad's "golfing buddy".

Her uncle continued: "Aria was doing something she loved when this all happened, she was her dad's buddy, they would do things together all the time". "Fly high my little angel'". "That was something that was really important to them".

Steven Marett, the head golf professional at Sleepy Ridge, told KSL he had seen people hit by golf balls at the course before but hadn't seen a serious injury at the course before.