KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) - Many in the Kokomo community are mourning, after two retired teachers were killed in a horrific crash in Seattle.
Dennis and Judy Schulte died Monday after a truck hit them while they were crossing the street
Their daughter-in-law and their ten-day-old grandson, Elias Jose, were taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Tuesday, Judy's brother Hugh Dwyer told 24-Hour News 8 her daughter-in-law's condition had been upgraded from critical, but her grandson remained in critical in Seattle.
The driver of the pickup truck, 50-year-old Mark Mullan, is being held on a $2.5 million dollar bond, and faces vehicular homicide charges.
Court documents show officers smelled alcohol on Mullan's breath after the crash.
A preliminary test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08, the officer said in court documents.
Mullan has two prior DUI's, and court documents show he was driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash.
Teachers for Decades
Friends in Kokomo say Judy and Dennis Schulte were teachers for years, at rival high schools, before they retired.
Judy was an english teacher at Kokomo High, then a guidance teacher at Northwestern High School in Howard County.
Dennis was a math teacher, and a football and wrestling coach at Western High.
"Some people go to work everyday to clock in and clock out, but there was no clock for Judy," said Al Remaly, the principal at Northwestern where she'd worked before retirement. "No matter if it was evening, summer, weekends…. If a student needed her she was there for them."
They lived their lives for others, with a mission to spend their retirement years with their grandchildren.
"Right after retirement she battled some lymphoma," added Remaly. "Her whole goal was to get healthy enough to see her grandkids."
For a few days, they were able to do just that. Judy's brother says they'd moved out to Seattle a few weeks ago to help out with their new grandson. Dwyer says they'd rented an apartment there to be with family.
On March 15, baby Elias, their first grandchild, was born.
Dwyer says Judy and Dennis were out for a walk in the neighborhood Monday with their daughter-in-law and new grandson.
He says they were crossing the street in a group when the truck hit them.
"They're going to be greatly saddened, and shocked by the fact that this man had criminal history of doing the same thing in Seattle," said Judy's brother Hugh.
A Lasting Legacy in Howard County
Cindy Lester taught math with Dennis for two decades.
To this day, Cindy says Judy and Dennis were instrumental in the Kokomo community.
They started what's called a "buddy bag program" at school that continues now, ensuring underprivileged children have food to eat on the weekends.
"It just takes your breath away," she said. "Such great people have been taken away for such a senseless act."
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