The family of Dennis and Judy Schulte have filed a $45 million claim against the City of Seattle, claiming that the city failed to supervise a driver who was on probation for a DUI conviction. The driver ran over members of the family. Prosecutors say the driver, Mark Mullan, was drunk on March 25 when his pickup hit four members of the Schulte family as they walked across a street in Seattle. Dennis and Judy Schulte were killed and their daughter-in-law and her newborn baby were severely injured.
It’s contended that Mullan, because he was on probation, should not have been driving without an interlock device on his truck. Mullan has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving. This is a most tragic case involving a drunk driver. But the case goes further and involves the role of a city government in the crash. It will be most interesting to see if the theory of likeability against the city will be successful.
Source: Claims Journal
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