Baby, mom critically hurt in deadly Seattle crash

March 26, 2013 10:16:37 AM PDT
Court records show 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 - was arrested twice recently on drunken driving charges.

A pickup truck driver crashed into four pedestrians crossing a Seattle street on Monday, killing two and critically injuring two others - a woman and the infant she was carrying, police said.

The driver may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said after the Monday afternoon crash in a north Seattle neighborhood.

Mark W. Mullan, 50, of Seattle, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide, jail records showed. He was expected to have a bail hearing Tuesday. It was not immediately known whether he had a lawyer.

A 66-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman died at the scene, Kappel said. They were not immediately identified.

A 33-year-old woman and a 10-day-old infant were hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, the spokesman said.

"Today's collision on our streets is shocking and tragic," Mayor Mike McGinn tweeted. "My thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends."

The infant was not breathing when medics arrived, "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.

"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 collision and was cooperative. A phone number listed for Mullan was disconnected.

The accident occurred across the street from a middle school, and Metz said police would be more visible in the area in the immediate future.

Moore said the crash was particularly jarring for first-responders.

"It hits both police and fire ... they have kids, it hits them hard."

The Seattle Times reports that Mark W. Mullan had at least two previous drunken driving cases - one in Seattle and another in Snohomish County - in the past four months.

According to Washington State Patrol records, Mullan was arrested in December driving the same car involved in Monday's deadly collision. That crime also involved a hit-and-run.


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