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6-year-old girl dies in Orem, Utah after being struck by golf ball

A 6-year-old girl has died following a tragic accident at a Utah golf course.

Kellen Hill and his daughter Aria were golfing at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem, Utah Monday morning. The ball hit by Hill struck Aria in the back of her head while she was waiting in a golf cart 20 yards away, reported KUTV-TV.

Aria was flown to a hospital in Salt Lake City in critical condition, said Lt. Trent Colledge of the Orem Police Department. She died from her injuries later that evening.

“The Orem Police Department is deeply saddened by the tragic death of this young girl,” said Colledge to USA TODAY. “Our sincere condolences go out to the family and we cannot even begin to comprehend the grief the family is experiencing at this time.”

Colledge added that police are not considering criminal charges and are treating the incident as a tragic accident.

“This is a horrible accident and the Orem Police Department’s investigation is being treated as such,” he said to USA TODAY.

The family has set up a GoFundMe page to defray costs of her funeral.

A representative from Sleepy Ridge Golf Course did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.

Contributing: Associated Press

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