Last Monday, Mark Mullan allegedly crashed his car into a family on an afternoon walk in Seattle, Wash., critically injuring a mother and her 10-day-old baby and killing the boy's two grandparents.
Karina Schulte, 34, and her son, Elias, remain in critical condition, but are "moving in the right direction," according to an online journal created to keep family and friends updated. Now, town-wide fundraising efforts are helping to pay for both victims' medical expenses. In only five days -- from Friday, when a FundRazr page went live, to Tuesday -- donations reached $50K of the $75K goal.
Aiding the effort is the Schulte Family Memorial Facebook page, made to celebrate the lives of Dennis and Judith Schulte -- Elias' grandparents who were killed in the crash -- and promote Karina's and Elias' fundraiser. The page shows an overwhelming response from the Seattle community; helping efforts range from local restaurants donating percentages of checks to a calendar where people can sign up to make the family meals. On Monday, one week after the fatal accident, hundreds -- including Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn -- attended a memorial march in the Schulte family's honor, MyNorthwest.com reported.
Police alleged that Mullan, the driver, was intoxicated during the accident. According to The Seattle Times, the 50-year-old has previously been arrested at least five times in Washington State for driving under the influence. One of those arrests, King County jail records show, occurred just last December. But prosecutors treated the charge as a first-time offense, according to the Times, because earlier DUI convictions were beyond the seven-year period in which the court can consider them.
Authorities investigated and eventually charged Mullan with vehicular homicide. He remains in Seattle Correctional Facility with bail set at $2.5 million and is expected in court in April.