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March 27, 2013

Former educators killed in traffic crash

Dennis and Judy Schulte well known in Howard County

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Hugh Dwyer, Judy’s brother, said family members are preparing to travel to Seattle to be with the rest of the family through this tragedy.

“The family is doing the best we can,” he said Tuesday. “We’re pulling together. We have family members all over the country. We have several family members from Indiana and Chili flying to Seattle.

“Part of the tragedy is that Judy and Dennis went out there to be with family and enjoy their retirement and their first grandchild. They were in good health.”

Dwyer also said Judy had taught English at Kokomo prior to working at Northwestern.

“They both were the kinds of teachers that people recognized on the street or at a restaurant and would go up and say hello.”

As the family mourns the loss, Seattle police continue to investigate the crash.

The Seattle newspaper reported that Mullan, who has at least two prior drunken-driving arrests, was booked into the King County Jail Monday evening for investigation of vehicular homicide. As of Tuesday, he had not been charged.

Seattle Municipal Court records show Mullan, who is active in youth baseball, was arrested on Dec. 26 in Seattle for DUI and again on Jan. 14 in Snohomish County. Washington State Patrol records indicate he was driving the same vehicle — a black Chevrolet pickup registered in his name — when he was arrested in December. That crime involved a hit-and-run and property damage as well, according to citation information.

A review of Seattle municipal-court records indicates Mullan has a long history of traffic violations including a citation for inattentive driving in 1991, a red-light violation in 1997 and speeding citations in 2001, 2003 and 2010, the Seattle Times reported.

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