DUI suspect pleads not guilty in fatal Wedgwood crash


SEATTLE - A 50-year-old man accused of hitting and killing two people and injuring two others while driving drunk in Wedgwood was arraigned Thursday morning.

Prosecutors said Mark Mullan was driving under the influence and speeding when he drove his pickup into a family crossing Northeast 75th Street in March.

According to investigators, Mullan killed Judy and Dennis Shulte in the crash, and critically injured their daughter-in-law Karina Ulriksen-Schulte and her newborn son, Elias.

Mullan had a prior DUI arrests, and was driving with a suspended license during the time of the crash. He was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his car, but had not had it installed.

The Schulte family had recently move to Seattle from Indiana to be close to their grandson, and mourners in Indiana held a funeral for the family Wednesday evening.

“Please continue to pray for Karina and Elias. We can honor my parents’ memory by working to leave this world a better place and making a positive mark on our communities by loving God and love those around us,” said a speaker at the memorial.

Ulriksen-Schulte and Elias are still in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.

Mullan pleaded not guilty to five counts of vehicular homicide and assault. His bail was set at $2.5 million.

Prosecutors said the not guilty plea is mandatory for this type of case in a first arraignment.

If Mullan is convicted as charged, he could be sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison.