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Seattle family speaks out against drunken driving

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Judith and Dennis Schulte died in a crash in Seattle in March. Judith and Dennis Schulte died in a crash in Seattle in March.
SEATTLE -

A Seattle man who lost his parents and whose wife and infant son were critically injured by an alleged drunken driver is speaking out against driving under the influence.

Dan Schulte said at a news conference on Tuesday he may decide to devote his life to stopping preventable tragedies like the one that struck his family.

The crash killed Dennis and Judith Schulte, retired teachers from Kokomo, who had recently moved to Seattle.

Schulte's wife suffered a stroke after the crash and may never speak again. His newborn son suffered a shattered skull and may lose his eyesight.

"I'm really recognizing it as my reality at this point and I have a new life and I have to deal with it," Schulte said. "When I see little Elias, I definitely have hope for the future."

In the meantime, lawmakers in Washington's state capitol are debating a proposal to increase jail time for repeat drunken driving offenders and to bar some of them from drinking.

Mark Mullen, the driver of the pickup truck that hit Schulte's vehicle has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicle assault and reckless driving in the March 25 crash. Investigators say Mullen had a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit to drive in Washington.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)

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