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October 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM
A man who was on probation for a DUI conviction in March when his pickup struck four people in a Wedgwood crosswalk, killing two, pleaded guilty this morning to multiple charges, including two counts of vehicular homicide/DUI.
Mark W. Mullan, 51, also pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular assault/DUI and violating the state’s interlock law. He teared up as he faced a judge in King County Superior Court. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15. He faces about 18 years in prison.
A pickup driven by Mullan crashed into the Schulte family in a Wedgwood crosswalk March 25, while they were out for a walk. Dennis and Judy Schulte were struck, along with their daughter-in-law, Karina Ulriksen Schulte, and her infant son, Elias.
Dennis and Judy Schulte were killed, and Ulriksen Schulte and her son were badly injured.
Mullan 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, according to Seattle police.
Mullan was on probation after a DUI conviction, under the supervision of the Seattle Municipal Court Probation Department. He had a suspended license and wasn’t supposed to be driving without an interlock device.
The victims’ family has filed $45 million in claims against the city of Seattle for failing to supervise Mullan. Filing a claim is the first step toward suing the city for damages, if the family doesn’t settle a claim with the city outside of court.
According to the claims, filed in August, “The city of Seattle failed to properly monitor and supervise Mr. Mullan, and as a result, he was allowed to violate the terms of his probation, go untreated and drive his vehicle without an interlock device while intoxicated.”
The claims include damages for physical, mental and emotional injuries, plus medical expenses and wage losses for Ulriksen Schulte and her son, the estates of Dennis and Judy Schulte, Ulriksen Schulte’s husband, Dan Schulte, and his sister, Marilyn Schulte.
After this morning’s sentencing hearing, Dan Schulte said the past 6 1/2 months have been a “roller coaster” fror his family. He said he was relieved by plea deal. He said his wife is in a rehabilitation facility and will soon come home.
“She has a long road ahead,” he said.
His son, Elias, has been home for some time.
February 2, 2012 at 3:47 PM
A Snohomish man charged in the fatal alcohol-related crash in Kirkland last summer that killed Steven Lacey, a father and Google employee, has pleaded guilty.
Patrick Rexroat pleaded guilty today to vehicular homicide and reckless driving, according to King County prosecutors. He faces up to four years in prison when sentenced on March 9; prosecutors said they will recommend the high end of the sentencing range.
After slamming his SUV into Lacey’s car on July 24, Rexroat got out of his vehicle and “pounded on his chest like a gorilla,” according to a witness to the fatal crash.
In charging Rexroat, Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Miller cited Rexroat’s “flagrant disregard for the value of human life, coupled with clear indications of impairment” as reasons why he should be booked again into jail.
A State Patrol lab test found that Rexroat had a blood-alcohol level of 0.29 percent, or more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent, after the crash, authorities said. An initial test indicated that the level was four times the legal limit.
Troopers said Rexroat may have been chasing another car southbound on I-405 in a possible case of road rage when his SUV careened off an exit ramp at Northeast 85th Street and he lost control, crossing the center line of Northeast 85th and colliding with the BMW driven by Lacey.
Witness Patricia Kaiser said in an interview with The Times after the crash that she was just feet from the two cars when she saw Rexroat’s SUV fly around a corner and slam into Lacey’s BMW. The two cars briefly went airborne.
“I ran over to the BMW first because it was completely totaled,” Kaiser said. “I took [the driver's] pulse, and he was dead.”
Minutes later, Rexroat climbed from his vehicle and started wandering around, picking up parts of his SUV from the ground, she said.
“Eventually he came toward me. I told him don’t come toward me,” Kaiser said. “He just started pounding his chest like a gorilla. I was so upset. I knew the minute he got out of the car he was drunk. You could tell.”
The accident and others like it have led to efforts to increase penalties for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
December 12, 2011 at 2:58 PM
A Redmond man was charged today with vehicular homicide and reckless driving in connection with the accident last Thursday that killed a bicyclist in Kirkland.
Nathan J.Godwin, 26, is accused of speeding and driving under the influence when he hit and killed bicyclist Bradley Nakatani, of Kirkland.
He will be arraigned Dec. 22. If convicted as charged, the standard sentencing range under state guidelines is three to four years in prison, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Nakatani was cycling home from work in Redmond around 3 a.m. when he was struck at Northeast 124th Street and Slater Avenue Northeast. He was dressed in head-to-toe reflective gear and had lights on his bicycle and on his helmet, said Kirkland police.
Godwin’s blood was tested after the accident, according to police, and an examination indicated he was intoxicated.
According to court records, Godwin has a prior conviction for drug possession and has a history of traffic-related crimes — including reckless endangerment and speeding.
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