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Teen Convicted Of Homicide For Texting While Driving

Teen Convicted Of Homicide For Texting While Driving

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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8:39AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

sad, but I am so glad they are waking up and making an example of this. Do NOT text and drive.. period!!!

6:03PM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Despite horrific accidents daily in the news, people still don't get the message when it comes to texting, drinking and distracted driving in general. When are people going to realize they are driving a potentially deadly weapon?

3:45PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Finally they are doing something!

12:32PM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Drinking a cup of coffee and scolding my kid in the back seat is the same for me as talking on a hand held cellphone. The one study mentioned earlier is not enough to convince me that all people of all generations and kinds of driving training are like that.

Several times I NEEDED to get home and after working too many hours needed someone to keep me awake or give me directions while driving and was alone in the car. So I talked to someone, but didn't pick up or dial while the vehicle was moving. I pull over anytime I need to dial or answer for a potential emergency (I am a single parent and my mom is in fragile health)---reading and responding to texts waits till I am parked.

I wonder though, about the cops who are reading your driving history or looking up your license plate on their car laptop while driving--the laws must not apply to them hey? Or they are just perfect drivers?

8:17AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Good!

It is something that needs to be enforced more often.

7:21AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Drivers with their faces in their phones or having a phone on their head should be ticketed, but good luck enforcing it. We're cutting police, remember?

7:03AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

A car is potentially a leathal weapon!!

1:40AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Finally,those who are texting while driving are all potential killers.

2:13PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

This individual should count himself lucky he only received the penalty he did. His victim will never be able to walk free again!!!

2:13PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012

This individual should count himself lucky he only received the penalty he did. His victim will never be able to walk free again!!!

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