4 pedestrians struck by pickup; 2 dead, 2 injured; DUI suspected

truckSEATTLE — Two pedestrians were killed and two others, including a 10-day-old infant, were critically injured when hit by a pickup truck in north Seattle Monday.

Police said the driver, Mark Mullan, 50, was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The driver was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide, police said.

According to Washington State Patrol documents, Mullan was arrested Oct. 14, 2012, in Snohomish County for DUI and again on Dec. 25.

Police said the accident occurred at about 4:10 p.m. at 33rd Avenue NE and NE 75th Street in the Wedgewood neighborhood.

Fire Department medics declared two adult pedestrians — a 66-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman — dead at the scene. Two additional pedestrians, a 33-year-old woman who was carrying a baby, and the 10-day-old infant were transported by medics to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Both were in critical condition.

“Today’s collision on our streets is shocking and tragic,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “My thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends.”

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16 comments

  • Rhonda

    This is horrible I hope he suffers a horrible fate for what he has done what a creep!! Drinking and driving is one of the stupidest things anyone can do! Hey US Government how about a war on alcoholism there would be dollars well spent!! Just saying!! I grew up with an alcoholic father who beat us daily while drunk and I am thankful every day that he didn't kill my mom, sister or myself because of this legal drug! Praying for the families involved even the ones who loved the creep responsible. For they are victims too! Please Lord heal and protect the young lady and her baby they need you now!!!

  • Anonymous is Legion

    See it is not speeding that kills people it is people that kill people. The vehicle was just used as weapon and aimed at them.

  • Debbie

    while visiting, there is too many of you driving too fast. talking on the phone. speeding ect. I was very content not to drive while visiting! I do feel sorry for the family. It is a very big loss for that child. If we all could just take a few mintues to slow down. and As for the MEDIA do not speek unless you know the truth. We need more truth than what you think you might know. and sometimes is wrong, just saying!

  • Guest

    Ban Chevy Trucks NOW. No one needs a pickup truck. Oh wait, maybe it was the drivers fault. Maybe we could punish the driver, mourn the loss of life, and express sympathy to the families of those left behind. Like real humans should do.

  • joe

    Drunks like to use big old trucks so that they will a better chance to survive when they cause head on collisions or what ever; they prefer to walk away without the scratch, so they're okay with that, no skin of their nose, they'll be alright.

  • guest

    Drunk and possibly on drugs. alcohol on every store shelf and legalized pot. you voted for it, you got it. These instances are going to become more common. Get used to it stupid voters.

  • Lisa

    Why this guy did not have an interlock device having two DUIs in less than a month of each other is beyond me. The family needs to question the judge who did not order him to mandatory interlock device and why was he not in a treatment facility.

  • Guest

    So sorry to the victims and families of this tragic occurrance. This man should have been ordered to a inpatient and outpatient treatment facility and should have been ordered to have an interlock device installed in any car he had access to. Shame on the judge who he stood in front of, for his many DUIs, and did nothing to prevent this unfortunate sad thing to happen.

  • Erik

    The DUI's were recent and the cases were probably still in process which is why he likely was not locked up. Regardless, the courts no longer decide on if or how long someone is required to have an interlock device. The full digression is given to the Department of Licensing. That also is the case regarding his Driver's License being suspended. It is likely that he waived his intent to challenge the DOL's administrative hearing from his first DUI and they issued a suspension of his license. In other reports it was stated that his license was currently suspended so that adds up. They might not have issued a requirement from him to have the interlock restriction placed on his license which would have required that any car he operated needed to have an interlock device installed because they would have waited until he got his license re-instated because technically he wasn't supposed to be driving any car at all.

  • Block Watcher

    Sounds like his bad driving habits have finally caught up with him, but he'll be out of prison in a couple of years. You see lots of similar bad drivers around here in all types of vehicles.

  • Carnage

    There have been numerous debates over what is to be done with habitual drunk drivers and the usual choice made by the community and judicial system is to revoke the license of the person who was driving drunk. But that doesn't stop the drunk driver from getting into a car; as they can easily drive illegally. Maybe the best thing to do is put these people in prison for long periods of time. If you kill someone while driving a car and drunk, shouldn't it be considered murder, just as if you picked up a knife and stabbed them? Why not? You purposefully got drunk and willingly got into a car and then used it as a weapon to injure others. You can't argue that intent plays a role in this situation. Everyone knows that driving drunk is deadly. So there should be no excuse these people don't go away to prison twenty years to life.
    At least there, they can't injure anyone.

  • Delia

    There is going to be a event to help the victims with medical bills at club Sur in Seattle Sodo district come support this event as Karina and her family need us:
    From 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    KARINATON happening this SUNDAY AT Seattle Club Sur…

    FUNDRAISING TO HELP KARINA AND HER BABY, WHO WERE HIT BY
    A DRUNK DRIVER.
    FEEL FREE TO INVITE FRIENDS.
    WE WILL HAVE A COVER OF 10,00 DOLLARS.
    CHILEAN HOT DOGS (COMPLETOS) , SODAS, WATER, COFFEE AND TEA FOR SALE.
    NO ALCOHOL WILL BE SOLD.
    CHILDREN UNDER 10 YEARS OLD ARE FREE OF COVER, BUT OVER 10 COVER IS 5 DOLLARS.

  • Diaz

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