SEATTLE (AP) — A couple killed when a suspected drunk driver struck them while they were walking near a middle school had recently moved to Seattle to be near their grandchild.
Judith Schulte's sister, Susan Morton, said the retired Indiana couple was walking Monday afternoon with their daughter-in-law Karina Schulte and their 10-day-old grandson when they were hit.
Karina Schulte "had the baby in a sling on the front. He just hit all four of them," said Morton, of Cottonwood, Minn., said in a telephone interview.
Dennis Schulte, 66, and Judith Schulte, 68, died at the scene.
Karina Schulte, 33, and her newborn son were severely injured in Monday's crash. They remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, said Liz Hunter, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Mark Mullan, 50, was ordered held on $2.5 million bail during a court hearing Tuesday. He is being held on investigation of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Prosecutors have until Thursday to formally charge him.
In court documents, a Seattle police officer investigating the crash said he smelled alcohol on Mullan's breath and that Mullan showed impairment on sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test showed a breath alcohol level of .22, more than twice the legal limit of .08, the officer said in court documents. His license was suspended at the time of the crash, according to the documents.
Mullan told police he was unable to see the pedestrians because of the sun in his eyes, according to court documents.
"He does not have a valid license," said Brad Benfield, a spokesman with the Department of Licensing.
It was unclear Tuesday whether Mullan had legal representation. A message left with an attorney who represented him in a drunken driving case in December was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Morton said Karina Schulte, who is from Chile, works as a pediatric nurse specialist and is dedicated to her work.
Dennis and Judith Schulte are both longtime high school teachers; she taught English and was a head guidance counselor for years, while he taught math. They had moved to Seattle in February to witness the birth of their first grandson. They had planned to spend six months in Seattle to be near their son and his family, and rented an apartment near the accident.
"They were so elated. This is their only grandchild," Morton said. "They wanted to be there when he was born. They got to hold him and be there with him for 10 days."
"This is obviously a very tragic situation," Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz said Monday. "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 Monday. 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.