• Mother, baby who survived Wedgwood crash clinging to life


    SEATTLE - After they were struck by a suspected drunken driver who also killed two of their family members, a pediatric nurse and her newborn son are struggling to survive.

     The driver accused of hitting the four victims on a street in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood, Mark Mullan, is a repeat DUI offender who was driving on a suspended license.

     Karina Ulriksen-Schulte, 33, and her 12-day-old son, Elias, are in critical condition.

     Flowers and candles mark the site of the crash that killed Ulriksen-Schulte’s in-laws, Dennis and Judy Schulte.

     Witness Lacia Bailey said she talked to the family seconds before they crossed the street.  They stopped to see her unique pet, a baby goat.

      “I saw the truck at a high rate of speed hit the people in the intersection,” said Bailey. “They were all lying there, motionless.”

     Police said Mullan’s blood alcohol level was .22 at the time of the crash, nearly three times the legal limit. Court records show that Monday’s incident was his third possible DUI in four months.

     Rebeccah Mullan said she saw her uncle on the news. She said he'd been living with her family while trying to get sober.

      She shared a picture of Mullan as a youth baseball coach.

     Rebeccah Mullan said her father, Rick Mullan, died unexpectedly in October.

     “I know what it's like to lose a family member, and to lose two and possibly two more is probably the worst thing in the world,” she said.

     In court Tuesday, prosecutors asked the judge to set Mullan’s bail at $2 million.   The judge went even higher, setting it $2.5 million, citing Mullan's previous DUIs.

     On Christmas Day, police arrested Mullan at Seal's Motel on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle. The police report showed that Mullan's blood alcohol level was .32 -- four times the legal limit. The report said Mullan was so drunk he couldn't stand.   Officers feared he could have alcohol poisoning and took him to Harborview Medical Center before he was booked into jail.

     At the time of Monday’s crash, Mullan didn't have a license and investigators said he also didn't have the required ignition interlock device on his pickup.

     Mullan is expected to be charged with vehicular homicide and assault this week.

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