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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

June 18, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Mother, infant injured in DUI crash are recovering, family says

Karina Ulriksen-Schulte holds her son, Elias, the day he was born last month. He was 10 days old when a drunk driver struck and critically injured both of them. (Family photo)

Karina Ulriksen-Schulte holds her son, Elias. The family says both are continuing to improve after they were struck and critically injured by a drunk driver in March. (Family photo)

The infant boy who was critically injured when a pickup slammed into his family in March recently “celebrated his three-month birthday like a champ,” and his mother is also continuing to recover, according to an update posted by the family Tuesday.

The son, Elias, who was 10 days old at the time of the crash, is “eating, sleeping, playing and smiling like a normal baby boy,” although long-term development concerns remain, according to the post on the website caringbridge.org.

The mother, Karina Ulriksen-Schulte, is able to get from bed to a wheelchair and is working to improve her speaking skills, according to the post.

“We will never be the same, but as I’ve said before, I do believe we will have a relatively normal family life someday,” wrote Dan Schulte, the husband of Karina and father to Elias. “We will keep on keepin’ on.”

The mother and son were injured in a March 25 crash in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood. The crash killed Dan Schulte’s parents, Dennis and Judith Schulte, retired teachers who had recently moved from Indiana to Seattle.

Police say the driver of the pickup, Mark Mullan, was drunk when he ran into the family as they were trying to cross the street. Prosecutors have charged Mullan with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

The state Legislature is currently weighing a bill to overhaul Washington’s DUI laws, in part as a response to the crash.

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