Charles James Cahill, Jr., 49, is someone all too familiar to police. Cahill has 12 prior drunk driving convictions. He can now add a 13th arrest, but in this latest case there is a dead 12-year-old girl. Cahill hit a family’s van from behind on July 27th at 8:18 p.m. He then tested at almost three times the legal level of alcohol in his blood. Notably, his license was revoked by the Secretary of State in 1990. He is now facing charges of second-degree murder, operating with a high blood alcohol content causing death, operating while intoxicated third offense and driving while license suspended causing death and a misdemeanor charge of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle.
Cahill was speeding when he rear-ended the minivan, which contained three girls — 12-year-old Victoria Mack and two others, ages 2 and 3. Victoria Mack (right) was in the third seat and, after being cut out of the wreckage, was put on life support for three days before she died.
Cahill’s drunk driving arrests go back to 1986. His license has been revoked 24 times and suspended 17 times since 1986.
The tragedy and pain for Victoria’s family must be magnified by this man’s long criminal history. This is a chilling record and highlights the problem of how to address some with an obvious drinking addiction and a long recidivist history. His license was taken away but he was still at large and able to drive. The question is whether such individuals should be incarcerated. At some point, they have to be released so the question is how long should such people be imprisoned and what should be the condition of release.
What do you think?