SEATTLE (AP) — The family of the 50-year-old driver suspected of hitting a group of pedestrians near a Seattle middle school, killing two and gravely injuring two others — including a 10-day-old baby — says he had struggled with problems with alcohol.
Mark W. Mullan had at least two previous drunken driving cases — one in Seattle and another in Snohomish County — in the past four months, The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/16fpZph). Mullan was arrested in December driving the same vehicle involved in Monday's deadly collision, according to Washington State Patrol records. That crime also involved a hit-and-run.
A 66-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman died at the scene Monday. And a 33-year-old woman and a 10-day-old infant remained in critical condition Tuesday morning, said Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
Seattle police say alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in Monday's crash. Mullan was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide, jail records showed.
Mullan's sister-in-law, Megan Mullan, told The Times that his family was saddened.
"He's a terrific guy, but he couldn't stop drinking," she told the newspaper. "We were all afraid he was going to kill himself, but never imagined this."
The infant was not breathing when medics arrived Monday, "so we initiated CPR and got the heartbeat back," said Kyle Moore, Seattle Fire Department spokesman. The woman suffered a serious head injury, Moore said.
It was not known whether the woman was the infant's mother.
"This is obviously a very tragic situation," said Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz. "It's not very normal that we have this level of folks who are victimized in this way."
The driver didn't answer reporters' questions as police led him away in handcuffs. Police said he stopped after the crash and was cooperative. A phone number listed for Mullan was disconnected.
The crash occurred across the street from a middle school, and Metz said police would be more visible in the area in the immediate future.
Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com