Father, husband of Wedgwood accident victims speaks out

Father, husband of Wedgwood accident victims speaks out

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Father, husband of Wedgwood accident victims speaks out

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 11:15 AM

The man who is the husband, father, and son of the victims of a drunk driving accident in Seattle addressed the media for the first time on Tuesday.

Dan Schulte's parents, wife, and infant son were crossing the street when they were struck by a Seattle man believed to be driving under the influence.

Dan Schulte's parents, Judy and Dennis Schulte, were killed in the accident on March 25, 2013. Judy and Dennis had moved to Seattle from Indiana less than a week before their deaths to spend time with their new grandson.

"It was the best week of my life followed by the worst," Dan Schulte said.

Dan Schulte offered updates on his family and called for tougher drunk driving laws.

"This can happen to anyone," Dan Schulte said, "and it shouldn't."

Dan Schulte said his wife, Karina, suffered a stroke the day after the accident and has trouble communicating.

Baby Elias is now able to eat from a bottle after forgetting how to eat. The infant may lose his vision as a result of the accident.

Dan Schulte asked people to "pledge not to drink and drive."

Police arrested Mark W. Mullan, 50, after an accident in Seattle's Wedgwood neighborhood, where he was allegedly driving under the influence when his truck struck four pedestrians, killing two and seriously wounding Karina and Elias Schulte.

Court documents showed Mullan had a preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol level of .22, almost three times the legal limit.

The Washington Department of Licensing confirmed that Mullan was driving without a valid driver's license at the time of the accident.

Mullan pleaded not guilty on five charges and is being held on $2.5 million bail.

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