By Mike Fletcher
Tribune staff writer
SEATTLE - Bail was set at $2.5 million for the man accused of driving his pickup into a group of pedestrians Monday, killing Kokomo natives Judy and Dennis Schulte and severely injuring their daughter-in-law and her 11-day-old baby.
A judge found probable cause to hold Mark W. Mullan, 50, on suspicion of two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault.
Mullan waived his appearance at the hearing Tuesday at the King County Jail, the Seattle Times reported.
Seattle District Court Judge Mark Chow said Mullan’s blood-alcohol level was .22 after the crash, nearly three times the legal limit of .08.
A review of Seattle municipal-court and Snohomish County records indicates Mullan has a long history of traffic violations dating back to a citation for inattentive driving in 1991, a red-light violation in 1997 and speeding citations in 2001, 2003 and 2010. Mullan was arrested in December in Seattle for driving under the influence and again on Jan. 14 in Snohomish County.
Brad Benfield, who oversees vehicle licensing at the state Department of Licensing, said Mullan was driving with a suspended driver’s license at the time of Monday’s crash. He also did not have an ignition interlock device installed on his Chevrolet pickup, which he was ordered to obtain following the earlier arrest for DUI.
The Schultes were the in-laws of Karina Ulriksen-Schulte, 33, who, along with her 11-day-old baby, was injured in the wreck. Both remained in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center Wednesday, the Seattle Times reported.
The Schultes had recently bought a home in Seattle to live in part-time to be close to their son, daughter-in-law and grandchild.
“They’d been waiting for that grandbaby for years,” said Judy Schulte’s sister, Susan Morton, of Cottonwood, Minn. “They were just magnificent people. It’s a terrible loss.”
According to Susan Morton’s husband, Steve Morton, the Schultes had purchased a home a few blocks from their son’s house about a month ago.
They planned to spend six months of the year with their son, his wife and their first grandchild, and the other half with their daughter in Indianapolis.
Steve Morton said the younger couple, Daniel and Karina Ulriksen-Schulte, had been married for a few years. Karina, who is from Chile, is a pediatric nurse, and Daniel works as a program coordinator for a public relations business.