Man suspected in fatal crash ordered held on $2.5 million bail

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SEATTLE - A driver suspected of killing two pedestrians and critically injuring a young woman and the infant she was carrying ordered held on $2.5 million bail during a court hearing Tuesday.

The bail amount for Mark W. Mullan was $500,000 more than prosecutors were asking for.

Mullan, who waived his right to appear, is being held for investigation of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. He has a long history of DUI arrests but he has not been formally charged in Monday's deadly collision.

Investigators say Mullan was drunk when he crashed into the three adults and the infant as they crossed NE 75th Street on Monday afternoon. Mullan told police he couldn't see the people due to the sun being in his eyes, according to court documents.

Dennis & Judy Schulte
Family and friends identified the victims as Dennis Schulte and his 68-year-old wife Judy Schulte. Their 33-year-old daughter-in-law Karina Schulte and their 10-day-old grandson Elias Jose were critically injured and remain in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center.

According to the police report, officers smelled alcohol on Mullan's breath and said he showed signs of severe impairment. Mullan admitted to officers a drink in the morning but a breathalyzer test registered a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, the report said.

Court records show Mullan has had multiple DUI arrests spanning more than a dozen years across the Puget Sound region. In 1990 he pleaded guilty to two separate DUI incidents in Puyallup. He also pleaded guilty to a DUI in Seattle last Christmas Day, and currently has an April trial date in Snohomish County for an arrest for DUI last October.

Court records also show an arrest for DUI in King County in November of 1994 but the case was deferred.

A family member who didn't want to be identified says Mullan has been trying to control his heavy drinking, but a recent tragedy sent him in a tailspin.

"I know he's really sad because his (48-year-old) brother passed away last October," the family member said. "It affected him a lot."

In court on Tuesday, the judge ruled that Mullan had violated all terms of his probation, was driving on a suspended license, and never installed an ignition interlock device that was required by his previous DUI case in Seattle.

His next court appearance is set for March 28.

Growing memorial at crash site

Meanwhile, flowers adorned the sidewalk at the crash site as family and friends remembered Dennis and Judy Schulte as two educators who dedicated their lives to kids.

Judy Schulte was an English teacher and guidance counselor who had led a campaign in local schools against drunk driving. Dennis was a retired teacher and coach. They worked together in schools in Indiana for decades, but just recently moved to Seattle to be closer to their son Dan and their grandson.

"Her life was dedicated to making lives better for other people and we'll remember her that way," said Susan Morton, Judy Schulte's sister.

Family members say Karina Schulte worked in the ICU at Seattle Children's Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman says they are working to get a fund together to support the family.