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Indiana couple killed after crash involving suspected drunk driver in Seattle

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An Indiana couple died in Seattle, Wash., on Monday, March 25, after a suspected drunk driver hit them with his truck. Dennis and Judy Schulte were long-time residents of Indiana and well known in their community and church. They’d moved to Washington to be with family. Their daughter-in-law and young grandson were also hurt in the crash.

Police said Mark Mullan, the man suspected of hitting and killing the couple, has a history of problems with alcohol. Court records show five previous arrests in DUI-related cases, including two within the last six months.

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SEATTLE (November 15, 2013) – A habitual drunk driver whose pickup truck plowed into an Indiana couple while he was intoxicated has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

In March, Mark Mullan hit and killed Dennis and Judy Schulte while they were crossing a street in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood. Two others were seriously injured—the couple’s daughter-in-law, Karina, and their newborn grandson, Elias.

Judy Schulte was a retired high school guidance director in Kokomo. Her husband was a retired teacher. Fixtures in the Kokomo community, they had just moved to the Seattle area to be closer to their grandson.

Mullan pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Tests showed his blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit. He’s had five previous DUIs and was driving on a suspended license; he’d also been on probation in a drunk driving case when the crash happened.

During the sentencing hearing, family members talked about how hard life has been since the couple died. They also cited the ongoing medical problems suffered by Karina and Elias.

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Dennis and Judy Schulte

 

SEATTLE — Dan and Karina Schultes’ lives were changed forever when their first child Elias was born.

“The first 10 days were the best 10 days of my life — it was really a great time for us. My parents were here and it was one of the best weeks of their life also,” Dan Schulte said.schultes

On March 25, Dan went back to work for the first time since his son was born. That afternoon, his wife strapped Elias into his carrier and headed out for a walk with her in-laws, Dennis and Judy.

The four were crossing the street at NE 75th Street and 33rd Avenue NE when a pickup truck with a repeat drunk driver behind the wheel slammed into them, instantly killing Dennis and Judy and sending Karina and Elias to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

“I got to meet Elias a few minutes after the accident,” Dr. Francois Aspersberro said. “He initially was found by paramedics in cardiac arrest. He had a moment of resuscitation before his heart started beating again.”

The man accused of running down a Kokomo couple walking with their newborn grandson appeared in court Thursday.

Mark Mullan, 50, appeared before a Washington state judge with the prospect of going to prison for several years.

Prosecutors said his blood alcohol level was nearly three times that state’s legal limit last month when he ran down Dennis and Judy Schulte just outside of Seattle.

The two were killed instantly; their daughter-in-law and her newborn son remain in intensive care.

“It is manslaughter.  It is recklessly engaging in behavior that you know, or should know could kill somebody,” said Deputy Prosecutor Amy Freedheim.

The Schultes had just moved to the Seattle area to be closer to their grandson.

Meantime, Mullen has a long history of DUI arrests.

He entered a not guilty plea in court Thursday and is being held on $2.5 million bond. If convicted, he faces up to 19 years in prison.

KOKOMO, IND. — Hundreds gathered near Kokomo, Wednesday, to remember and honor the lives of two longtime teachers killed while crossing the street in Seattle.

Dennis and Judy Schulte died two weeks ago when a suspected drunk driver ran over them and their daughter-in-law and 10-day-old grandson. The baby and his mother are still hospitalized, but the family told Fox 59 they believe they are in stable condition.

The memorial happened at Western High School where the couple worked. Dennis was a Math teacher and coach and Judy taught English.

“The loss of Dennis and Judy Schulte leaves a void in our lives that can never be filled,” said the family in a statement. “If we can learn anything from this tragedy, it is that the choices we make daily affect the people around us. Every person must have accountability and a responsibility to their fellow citizens.”

The driver blew three times the legal limit and was not supposed to be driving at the time of the accident. He has been charged with vehicular homicide.

A fund has been created to help the family of a Kokomo couple who was killed while crossing the street in Seattle.

Kokomo natives Judy and Dennis Schulte were walking across a street Monday when they were hit by a truck driven by a man who was arrested for driving drunk.

The Schultes did not survive their injuries. Their daughter and 10-day-old grandson were also with the Schultes when they were hit. They were seriously injured and remain hospitalized.

The fund has been created to help their daughter’s family pay for medical bills.

You can donate online.

SEATTLE, Wash. – The man accused of being drunk during a crash that killed a Howard County couple in Washington State is being held on $2.5 million bail as the investigation into the case continues.

Dennis and Judy Schulte were killed in Seattle Monday afternoon after a pickup truck hit them while they were crossing the street. Witnesses said the truck seemed to come out of nowhere. The driver, Mark Mullan, was arrested. Police said his blood alcohol level was 0.22—nearly three times the state’s legal limit. He’s being held on investigation of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

His vehicle also slammed into the couple’s daughter-in-law and 10-day-old grandson. Dennis and Judy Schulte had moved to Seattle to be with family after spending most of their lives in Indiana. Judy was a longtime guidance counselor at Northwestern High School. Dennis was a math teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Western High School.

Police said Mullan failed field sobriety tests and was driving on a suspended license.

Court records show Mullan has been arrested at least five times in Washington for driving under the influence. The first three cases happened in the 1990s, but the last two occurred within just the last six months.

Because of the gap between those arrests, prosecutors treated a recent drunk-driving charge as a first-time offense, resulting in a much lighter punishment for Mullan. He was, however, ordered to install an ignition interlock device that wouldn’t allow him to start his pickup truck if it detected alcohol on his breath. There was no such device installed on his vehicle on the day of the crash that killed the Schultes.

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Two long-time teachers are being remembered a day after they were killed by a suspected drunk driver.  The two were crossing a street in Seattle, Wash., when witnesses said the car appeared out of nowhere.

After spending decades helping young people, in school and at their church, Dennis and Judy Schulte moved to Seattle.  They wanted to be close to their first grandchild.  That plan was cut short and sadly, all that is left is their legacy.

As Mark Mullan was cuffed at the scene of a deadly accident in Seattle, friends were mourning the Indiana couple he allegedly killed.

“I will not say you can never replace these people, but it is near impossible,” said friend Max Chambers.

The excitement Judy Schulte felt to be a grandmother jumped off the page in a letter to friend Chambers: “Very emotional after all these years without grandchildren.”

Investigators said Mullan’s blood-alcohol level was .22 when he hit the Schultes, their daughter-in-law and 10-day-old grandson.  Dennis and Judy Schulte were pronounced dead at the scene.

“We are just at a shock and a severe loss,” said Chambers.

Judy Schulte was the long-time guidance councilor at Northwestern High School.  For decades, Dennis Schulte was a high level math teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Western High School.

“The impact that Dennis and his wife Judy had is immeasurable,” said Western High School Principal Rick Davis.  “The two school systems here in the county, the decades of service – so many people were touched by them and continue to be touched by them with the dedication they had of taking care of people.”

The Schultes went from teaching students, to feeding them.  They started the Western Buddy Bag program.  That program now provides meals to hundreds of area kids every week.

“They wanted to get out of their comfort zone,” said Chambers.  “They knew this was going to be a new adventure.”

Now, as the church deals with their grief, they are left with big shoes to fill.

“The Schultes, Dennis, and more especially Judy’s work in this church has really brought it to where it is right now,” said Chambers.  “It has also taught the rest of us, that we can do the same.”

Before the Schultes left for Seattle, the children of the Russiaville United Methodist Church took turns walking up to the Schultes. They thanked the couple for all they had done, and wished them well in their new home.  They had no idea it would be the last time they would see the couple alive.

At last check ,the couple’s daughter-in-law and grandson were in critical condition.

An Indiana couple has died following a suspected drunk driving accident in Seattle.

Kokomo natives Judy and Dennis Schulte were walking across a street when they were hit by a truck driven by a man who was arrested for driving drunk.

Another woman and her infant were also severely injured

The accident happened across the street from a middle school where students and others witnessed the crash.

Judy Schulte was a retired high school guidance director in Kokomo. Her husband was a retired teacher.

Police said the driver  has two prior DUI arrests.

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