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November 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM

18 years in prison for drunken driver in fatal Wedgwood accident

 

An unemployed electrician who killed an Indiana couple and severely injured their daughter-in-law and her newborn son in an auto-pedestrian accident in March has been sentenced to 18 1/2 years in prison.

The family members were out for an afternoon walk in the Wedgwood neighborhood on March 25 when an intoxicated Mark W. Mullan drove into them in a pickup truck as they crossed Northeast 75th Street.

Killed were Judy Schulte, 68, and Dennis Schulte, 66. Their daughter-in-law Karina Ulriksen-Schulte and grandson Elias were critically injured.

They were just 500 feet from Dan and Karina Schulte’s home.

Mullan 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, shortly after the crash.

At the time, he was under the supervision of Seattle Municipal Court because of a previous drunken-driving arrest. He had defied a court order by failing to install an interlock device on his pickup.

Elias, born just 10 days earlier, suffered skull fractures and a brain injury, and underwent emergency surgery for injuries to his liver and intestines, charging papers say. Ulriksen-Schulte suffered a crushed pelvis and later developed blood clots that caused a stroke and led to brain damage.

Karina and Elias spent months in a hospital. The baby has vision problems and will require additional surgery, according to charging papers and the family.

On Oct. 3, Mullan pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide involving alcohol, two counts of vehicular assault involving alcohol, and violating the state’s ignition-interlock law.

 

 

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