SEATTLE, (WLFI) - A suspected drunken driver accused of killing a Kokomo couple is being held a on $2.5 million bond.
Seattle police say 66-year-old Dennis Schulte and his wife, 68-year-old Judith Schulte, were killed when a pickup truck driver hit them as they were crossing the street with their daughter-in-law, Karina Schulte, and 10-day-old grandson Monday.
Relatives say the couple flew out last month to witness the birth of their grandson and stay in the area for six months to be near their son's family. They were renting an apartment near the intersection where they were killed.
"They were so elated. This is their only grandchild," said Judith Schulte's sister, Susan Morton.
Both Dennis and Judith were retired educators with strong reputations for caring for their students.
"If a student needed her, she was there for them. It could have been time, it could have been a phone call. It could have been they needed money, whatever it was, she was there for them. Her husband was the same way. They were a great couple in the way they just lived life. It was all about the people that were around them and the people they could help. They were a very giving and caring couple," says Northwestern High School principal Al Remaly.
Police say the driver of the truck, Mark Mullan, 50, has a suspended license and several D.U.I. cases in his past. Field tests show his blood alcohol levels at .22, almost 3 times the legal limit. A police officer said in court documents that he smelled alcohol on Mullan's breath and that Mullan showed impairment on sobriety tests.
Karina Schulte "had the baby in a sling on the front. He just hit all four of them," said Morton, of Cottonwood, Minn., in a telephone interview.
Mullan told police he was unable to see the pedestrians because the sun was in his eyes, according to court documents.
Mullan is being held on preliminary charges of vehicular homicide. Prosecutors have until Thursday to formally charge him.
Mullan didn't answer reporters' questions as police led him away from the crash scene in handcuffs Monday. Police said he stopped after the crash and was cooperative. A phone number listed for Mullan was disconnected.
Morton said Karina Schulte, a 33-year-old from Chile, works as a pediatric nurse specialist and is dedicated to her work.
Karina and her baby are in critical condition at a Seattle hospital.
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