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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