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Massachusetts Teen Guilty in Criminal Texting-While-Driving Case

Defendant Aaron Deveau, 18, listens to assistant district attorney Ashlee Logan while testifying at Haverhill District Court in Haverhill, Mass. ((AP Photo/Eagle Tribune, Paul Bilodeau, Pool)

Aaron Deveau says he wasn’t texting or receiving texts when his car crossed the center line and crashed into the car driven by 55 year old Donald Bowley, Jr of Danville, New Hampshire. He claimed to be distracted by thoughts of homework.

The prosecution, and apparently Deveau’s cell phone records, indicated otherwise.

I was reading about Aaron Deveau’s story today online… in The Huffington Post and on Yahoo.

The jury didn’t believe the then 17 year old.  They found him guilty. Now, that alone isn’t unusual as texting-drivers are increasingly being held responsible for accidents. However, according to both articles, what is new is that Deveau is one of the first to be convicted under a law that took effect in September 2010 making criminal charges out of a case like this.

The Huffington Post points out Deveau was found guilty of motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation while texting. They go on to say he was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail, with a year of that suspended.

What are your thoughts on texting and driving crashes being treated as homicides and as a homicide, is Deveau’s sentence appropriate?

Texting while driving is a crime in 38 states, including Massachusetts.

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