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March 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Vehicular homicide charges filed in Wedgwood pedestrian deaths

A Seattle man with multiple arrests for driving under the influence was charged today with two counts of vehicular homicide in connection with Monday’s crash in Wedgwood that killed two pedestrians and injured two others.

Mark W. Mullan, 50, was also charged with two counts of vehicular assault and one count of reckless driving. He is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2.5 million bail. His arraignment is scheduled for April 11.

Mullan faces a sentence range of 15 to 19 ½ years in prison if he’s convicted as charged.

Seattle police say Mullan drove his black 2012 Chevrolet Silverado quad cab  into a family on an afternoon walk, killing Judy and Dennis Schulte of Kokomo, Ind., and injuring their daughter-in-law and grandson. Karina Ulriksen-Schulte, 34, and her 13-day-old son, Elias, are in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.

Charging documents say the walk was Ulriksen-Schulte’s first outing since giving birth on March 10. She was carrying Elias in sling carrier and crossing Northeast 75th Street with her in-laws when she saw Mullan’s pickup approaching, the documents say. She tried to help her in-laws out of the way when they were struck about 11 to 12 feet from the curb, the documents allege.

According to the charges, Ulriksen-Schulte developed blood clots as a result of her injury and has suffered a stroke that has led to brain damage. Both mother and son are in a coma, the charges say.

Court documents indicate that Mullan — who was driving on a suspended license — smelled of alcohol, failed field sobriety tests and had a preliminary breath-alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Mullan told officers at the scene that he had had one drink earlier and that he hadn’t seen the pedestrians because the sun was in his eyes, charges allege. He told police he didn’t apply his brakes until he “felt the bump” of striking the pedestrians. Police say he was driving 30 to 40 mph in a zone with a posted 30 mph speed limit.

Mullan has been arrested at least five times in Washington for driving under the influence. Three were in the early 1990s — two in Puyallup in 1990 and 1991, and one in 1994 in King County.

In the past six months, however, he’s been arrested on suspicion of DUI twice.

“In the blink of an eye, a family was destroyed by the decision we allege that this defendant made to drink and drive,” King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a news release. “It is a senseless loss and a tragic reminder that our society has a long way to go to eliminate the danger posed by impaired drivers.”

Funds for the victims have been set up at HomeStreet Bank’s Wedgwood branch:

- Karina and Elias Ulriksen-Schulte Medical Fund, account no.: 5322733430; routing no.: 325084426;

- Dennis and Judy Schulte Memorial Fund, account no.: 5388871396; routing no.: 325084426.

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