As the investigation of the hit and run death of Johns Hopkins student, Miriam Frankl has unfolded, a tragic self-destructive  picture of the owner and presumed operator of the vehicle that struck her has come into view.

Multiple arrests, multiple convictions and a history of alcohol abuse evidently characterized the life of Thomas Meighan, Jr. That he would hurt someone with a car seemed entirely predictable, almost inevitable, as he piled up drunk driving convictions.

His driving misadventures brought him into the court system regularly and he often sought leniency while simultaneously suggesting that alcoholism was ruining his life.

The court systems often don't deal effectively with such people until it is too late. This is a particularly sad instance.
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