Teens + cars = scary. Teens + texing + cars = Deadly. And now, the courts are recognizing it. In a landmark case, 18 year old Massachusetts resident Aaron Deveau was yesterday convicted on charges of vehicular homicide, texting while driving and negligent operation of a motor vehicle in the 2011 death of Donald Bowley. Deveau was sentenced to two and a half years on the vehicular homicide charge and two years on the texting and causing injury charge. He will serve one year concurrently and five years suspended, and his license will be suspended for 15 years.
In February of 2011, Deveau’s car crossed the center line and crashed in to Donald Bowley’s vehicle. Bowley was fatally injured, with his girlfriend Luz Roman seriously injured. Deveau claimed to have simply been tired and momentarily distracted, but phone records showed that Deveau was texting moments before the collision.
This is the first time in Massachusetts history that anyone has been convicted of vehicular homicide while texting.
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