Schoolgirl struck in face by golf ball

Shakira Day 12 from Filey still showing the bruise on her cheek were she was struck by a golf ball while on a visit to Bridlington.
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Shakira Day 12 from Filey still showing the bruise on her cheek were she was struck by a golf ball while on a visit to Bridlington. NBFP PA1610-11a

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A 12-year-old was left in excruciating pain and unable to eat after she was struck in the face by a golf ball at a council-owned car park.

Schoolgirl Shakira Day is only now recovering from painful wounds inside her mouth caused by the freak golf shot.

Her terrified mother, 45-year-old Deanna Day, said they were walking through the park and ride car park near South Cliff Caravan Park, when Shakira began to scream and clutch her face in her hands.

She said: “I was asking what’s wrong? She just kept screaming my face my face!

“I was trying to pull her hand away, then I sat her in the car.”

The pair had no idea what was causing Shakira so much pain until Deanna saw the golf ball roll out from under her car.

“She was crying all the way back home,” Deanna added. “We went to A and E and they said nothing was broken.

“The dentist could see where the impact was - her gums have gone black now.”

Shakira spent the next two days off school after the incident on Sunday (March 6).

Her painful gums caused her difficulty eating and she had to make do with soups and liquids for nourishment.

Mum Deanna said she doesn’t blame anyone for the freak accident, but thinks people should be warned on the stray golf balls near Bridlington Golf Club.

She added: “I went back and to see if there were any warning signs – there’s actually a sign saying it’s safe car park!

“What if it hit her on the head? It could have been a completely different story.

“People just need to be aware. If there’s signs then at least they would be warning you.”

A spokesman for the East Riding Council, who own the park and ride car park at South Cliff Caravan Park, said they were sorry to hear about Shakira’s injuries, but they that they were caused by a freak accident.

The spokesman added; “We’re very sorry to hear about this accident but this has never happened before at the park and ride site. We believe it’s a freak, one-off incident,” they said.

The spokesman added: “When the site was developed we met with Bridlington Golf Club in order to minimise any risk of stray balls.

“High netting was put up around the site to protect the car park before it opened in spring 2010. Our officers are investigating this incident and have been in touch with the family.”

Bridlington Golf Club declined to comment.