‘She made my life perfect’: Woman says 9-year-old daughter was killed in Folsom crash

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FOLSOM, Calif. (KTXL) — A Citrus Heights woman is mourning the loss of her daughter after she said the 9-year-old was killed in a crash in Folsom Thursday night.

“I had her at 19. She made my life perfect,” said Mariah Guthridge.

Guthridge said her 9-year-old daughter, Alexis Mudd, was her best friend.

“She was always my girly girl because I have a younger daughter who’s more of like a tomboy,” Guthridge told FOX40.

Folsom police said they got a call about a car crashing into a tree around 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Greenback Lane.

“An adult male who had exited the vehicle and a child who appeared trapped in the vehicle,” explained Folsom police Detective Melanie Catanio.

Detective Catanio would not report the name of the child but did say she was 9 years old.

“We had officers respond, as well as medical and fire personnel, and, sadly, that child did pass away as a result of that collision,” she said.

Police said it was the girl’s father who was driving at the time and, at this moment, he is not facing any charges.

“The father has been cooperative with our investigation thus far and continues to be,” Catanio said.

On Friday, Guthridge said she was still trying to process what happened.

“This is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me,” she said with tears in her eyes.

She said she is thankful for the last conversation she had with her daughter.

“She texted me like 15 minutes before she died and she said, ‘I love you more than you know,’” Guthridge said.

A candlelight vigil has been planned for 9 p.m. Friday for Mudd at Negro Bar Group Campground.

This is a developing story.

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