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Teen gets jail time after texting-while-driving crash

Posted on Aug 05, 2012

A Massachusetts judge recently sentenced 19-year-old Aaron Deveau to a year in jail for motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation while texting, the Associated Press reports.

It was the first time in the state’s history that someone has been convicted of causing a fatal accident while texting.

Deveau was 17 in February 2011, when his car crossed the center line and crashed head-on into another vehicle with two passengers. Deveau was OK, but the people in the other car — Donald Bowley Jr., 55, and his girlfriend Luz Selena Roman, 58 — were seriously injured. Eighteen days after the crash, Bowley, a father of three, died.

Deveau insisted that he was not texting at the time, but the prosecutor introduced phone records showing otherwise.  He also lost his priviledge to drive for 15 years.

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