Stacie Bartro

Teen Convicted of Motor Vehicle Homicide for Texting While Driving

In a landmark case, Massachusetts 18-year-old Aaron Deveau was found guilty of motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation while texting, the first driver to be charged and convicted under the state law. Prosecutors said Deveau -- who was then 17 -- was texting as he was driving in February 2011, when his vehicle swerved across the center line and crashed head on into a truck, killing a 55-year-old father of three. Deveau had testified that he was distracted by the amount of homework he had to do and wasn't sending or reading a text in the moments before the crash. He said he sent his last texts while parked in the grocery store lot where he worked, and that his phone was in the passenger's seat until after the crash. But phone records indicated he sent a text at 2:34 p.m. and received a response at 2:35 p.m., one minute before the crash took place at 2:36 p.m. Deveau was given a two-and-a-half-year sentence Wednesday (June 6th) out of a possible four years, with one-and-a-half years suspended, meaning he'll only serve one year behind bars. Texting while driving is a crime in 38 states, including Massachusetts.

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06/07/2012 1:33PM
Teen Convicted of Motor Vehicle Homicide for Texting While Driving
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