2 dead, 2 injured in car vs. pedestrian crash in NE Seattle

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 11:56 PM

SEATTLE -- Seattle Fire Department officials say at least two people are dead and two others, including an infant, are in critical condition after car vs. pedestrian crash at 33rd Avenue NE and 75th Street NE near Eckstein Middle School in Seattle's Wedgewood neighborhood.

According to Seattle police, three adults were crossing NE 75th Street when they were hit by a black Chevy pickup truck around 4:10 p.m.

Medics quickly arrived at the scene; two of the victims, a man and a woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. The third victim, a woman in her 30's, was carrying a 10-day-old infant. Both the woman and the infant suffered life-threatening injuries.

Firefighters said the infant was not breathing when they arrived, but medics performed CPR and were able to revive the infant. The woman suffered head injuries. Both were transported to Harborview Medical Center, where they were listed in critical condition.

Seattle police say the driver, Mark W. Mullan, a 50-year-old Seattle man, was arrested for vehicular homicide investigation and was being investigated for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. According to court records, Mullan has had at least two DUI's in recent months prior to Monday's arrest.

A spokesperson with Seattle Public Schools said there was no connection between the accident victims and Eckstein Middle School.

Residents in the normally quiet neighborhood say they've always had concerns about car speeds near Eckstein Middle School.

"There's often times problems... with kids in the crosswalk," said Heather Brammer, resident. "The other morning a car blew through a red light and came a couple of feet away from them. There definitely needs to be more attention paid because this is such a heavily trafficked area with kids and families."

Molly Corr lives nearby, and has a six month old daughter.  She says her family members were texting her in a panic, “cause they were worried we had a young child also, and didn’t know if we were okay.”  She says she’ll be holding her daughter a bit closer tonight.

Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz says the city has “zero tolerance” for driving under the influence.  In an uncharacteristic move, officers marched the suspected driver, in handcuffs, roughly 100 yards, and straight toward TV cameras before putting him in the back of a police cruiser.

Collision Investigation squad detectives at the scene to assist with the investigation. The scene remains an active investigation; drivers should expect traffic delays in the area due to closed streets.

 

KING 5's Chris Daniels, Natalie Swaby and Elisa Hahn contributed to this report.



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