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‘Absolutely unimaginable’: 6-year-old girl dies after being hit with ball during golf outing with her dad

A 6-year-old girl died in what authorities believe was a tragic accident at a golf course in Utah.

ABC 7 reports that Aria Hill was with her father at a golf course in Orem on Monday when a stray ball hit her in the back of the neck. The 6-year-old was airlifted to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, where she later died of her injuries.

Police told the news outlet that Aria was sitting in a golf cart as her father was playing, and that the cart was not directly in his path, when she was struck by a ball that her father hit.

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The girl’s uncle David Smith told ABC 7 that Aria and her father often went golfing together.

“She loved doing it and had a good time with it all,” Smith said. “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. ”

According to Fox News, authorities are investigating the incident but appear to believe that that Aria was the victim of a tragic accident and are not expected to pursue any charges.

Steven Marett, the head golf professional at the golf course, said in an interview with ABC 7 that he has never known someone to be seriously injured or killed at the course, although people have been hit by balls in the past.

“This is absolutely unimaginable, and it’s been devastating to see it at the course and in the community,” he said.

Supporters of the family have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for Aria’s funeral expenses.

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[Feature image: Aria Hill/GoFundMe]