Mourners take to the streets to remember victims of fatal crash

Mourners take to the streets to remember victims of fatal crash »Play Video
SEATTLE -- Friends, neighbors and family members marched through Seattle's Wedgwood neighborhood on Monday to raise awareness about the consequences of driving drunk.

It was just last week that a pick-up truck slammed into a family in the area, killing two grandparents and sending a mother and her baby to the hospital with critical injuries.

Police say the driver, Mark Mullan, was drunk and had a blood-alcohol level more than three times over the legal limit.

On Monday, marchers made their way to a memorial site set up last week to honor the victims. The memorial has grown each day as the terrible news spread throughout the neighborhood.

Those in attendance had only one goal in mind.

"Our streets need to serve us. They need to be places for people. They need to be safe for people," said Kathy Tuttle.

Police and community members say last week's crash was completely avoidable, and they're now working to keep similar tragedies from happening ever again.

"We need more investments in safety in the streets across and the city and the state," said Blake Trask.

In Olympia, some lawmakers are working toward the same goal.

"He broke every rule in the book. Ignored every court order. Bailed himself out of jail. Didn't put the device in the car," said Rep. Roger Goodman of Kirkland.

Goodman is working on a bill that would punish drunk drivers with tougher felony convictions and require more restrictions for interlock devices.

Mullan should have had one of those devices on his truck last Monday, but he disregarded a court order to do so.

"Someone's going to get hurt. Someone's going to get killed time and time and time again," said Rep. Christopher Hurst.

Since last Monday's fatal crash, police have been putting extra patrol units in the area and posting new signs warning drivers to slow down.