Suspected Drunk Driver Plows Into Family
Grandparents dead; infant, mom injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2013 3:44 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Dennis and Judith Schulte had just arrived in Seattle from the Midwest, a move they made to be near their newborn grandson. They were killed Monday when a suspected drunken driver slammed into them as they crossed a street during a walk with their 10-day-old grandson and his mother, their daughter-in-law Karina Schulte. The crash left the other two family members in critical condition. Karina "had the baby in a sling on the front. He just hit all four of them," says Judith Schulte's sister, Susan Morton.

Mark Mullan, 50, was ordered held yesterday on $2.5 million bail. He is being held on investigation of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. A preliminary test showed a breath alcohol level of 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08, and Mullan's license was suspended at the time of the crash. He told police he was unable to see the pedestrians because the sun was in his eyes. Dennis, 66, and Judith Schulte, 68, had moved to Seattle from Kokomo, Ind., in February to witness the birth of their first grandchild. They had planned to spend six months in Seattle to be near their son's family and were renting an apartment near the intersection where they were killed.

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Rational.-Anarchist
Mar 29, 2013 7:49 AM CDT
I don't recall where it is, but in some other country drunk driving carries a mandatory Death sentence. Should we do the same here in the U.S.? Hell, everything else is against the law!
BenDunn
Mar 28, 2013 10:09 AM CDT
Do not blame the Driver! The Alcohol is Evil!! Time to have democrats fly all over the Nation talking about the evils of Alcohol Time for Mayor Mom, Bloomberg, to tell US that he is smarter than we are, He knows what is best for US, Let Bloomberg Ban alcohol in NYC, see if that works! TIME TO BAN ALCOHOL!!! It is not a Freedom espoused in the constitution Time to have Obama fly all over telling US to back his Ban on Alcohol How ridiculous would that be,, OH WAIT.....
Tat2d2bamuse
Mar 28, 2013 12:08 AM CDT
I had the ill fate of hitting and severely injuring an 8 year old little boy, in 2010. I did not kill him(only because he was wearing a helmet. Had he did not have one on, the impact of him hitting the front end of my car, then rolling up and over the top of my van, would have killed him. Or left him brain damaged. Some of my point, I hope this guy is haunted by these people. By the living and the dead. Then I hope he rots in prison thinking about what his decision to drink and drive cost this poor family! It is a case like this they need to throw the book at the person. Alcohol is one of the worst addictive and deadly pass times on this planet. Meth and Heroin being close second. I hope the surviving can find it in themselves and through their family and community the strength to move forward. To process all the grief accordingly. There is no quick way to make this pain go away. You just learn to adapt and learn how to cope with the memories and fear from the situation.