A local high school teenager died Sunday afternoon of injuries sustained during a high-speed car accident.
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At approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, a Nissan sports car driven by Victoria Guinn, 18, of Placerville, crashed into three oak trees along Newtown Road outside of Placerville. The car then careened into a muddy hillside some 100 feet away before coming to rest on the opposite side of the roadway.
Guinn and passenger Tim Mulholland, 17, were injured in the crash. Mulholland, an El Dorado High School senior, was transported to Marshall Medical Center with serious injuries. He was pronounced dead shortly after 3:20 p.m.
Guinn’s injuries were reportedly less severe, as Sunday’s scanner traffic described her injuries as “moderate.”
As of press time, California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark did not know Guinn’s status, but said she was well enough to have been interviewed by officers.
Nearby resident Becky Darby, 53, said she heard the sound of the impact as it crashed into the medium sized oak trees, and said she estimated the vehicle was speeding immediately before the crash.
“I heard the car, and it had to be going 80 mph, then I heard the crash,” said Darby. “I called 911 and said, ‘Send an ambulance,’ then I grabbed blankets and towels and headed down there,” added the CPR-trained woman who lives in a home up a small hill from Newtown Road.
Darby told the Mountain Democrat she heard the woman driver tell California Highway Patrol officers and fire personnel that she had just gotten the car the day before and that she didn’t realize how much power it had.
Stark said drugs or alcohol are not believed to have played a role in the crash but that speeding was “definitely a factor.”
El Dorado High School Principal Matt Barnes said Mulholland was a well-liked student athlete who ran cross-country.
“His loss will be felt by a lot of people on campus,” he said.
Early Monday morning, approximately 100 students gathered at the school campus to pay tribute to Mulholland during an impromptu vigil.
“It was very positive,” said Barnes.
Barnes said grief counselors would be on hand Monday to help students throughout the day.
El Dorado County Realtor Jim Aldrich worked with Mulholland’s mother, who he said is a single mother with five children.
“He was a great kid,” said Aldrich. “Very nice.”
A Timothy Mulholland Memorial Fund is reportedly in the works through El Dorado Savings Bank. More information will be added to this story as it becomes available.
Services for Timothy Mullholland are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Cold Springs Community Church in Placerville.
Managing Editor Pat Lakey contributed to this story.
E-mail Jim Ratajczak at [email protected] or call 530-344-5069.