A man convicted of driving under the influence 12 times was charged with second-degree murder earlier recently following another alleged drunken driving crash that killed a 12-year-old girl in Sumpter Township, Michigan.
Charles James Cahill Jr., 49, was traveling at a high rate of speed on July 27 when he rear-ended a minivan with five people inside, including three girls ages 2, 3, and 12, the Sumpter Township Police Department stated in a Facebook post.
The 12-year-old, identified as Victoria Mack by the Detroit Free Press, was seated in a third-row seat and had to be cut from the vehicle by firefighters.
Mack was flown to Mott Children’s Hospital, but died the following day, according to the Police Department.
Cahill, who has had his license revoked 24 times and suspended 17 times since 1986, was driving with on a suspended license at the time of the crash, the newspaper reported.
He was charged in connection with the crash Monday and is facing second-degree murder, operating with a high alcohol content causing death, operating while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license causing death, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and habitual offender charges, according to the Police Department.
Cahill was being held on $1 million bond.
Mack was an excellent student and involved in extra-curricular activities, according to a GoFundMe page set up for her family.
“She very much so loved her parents brother and sister, and will be truly missed,” the page stated.