Mass. teen guilty in texting-while-driving crash

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Massachusetts teenager has been sentenced to spend a year in jail for a fatal traffic accident that happened while he was texting.

Aaron Deveau of Haverhill was sentenced to 2 ½ years behind bars with a year to serve and the remainder suspended for the February 2011 crash that took the life of 55-year-old Donald Bowley Jr. of New Hampshire. Bowley's girlfriend was seriously injured.

Prosecutors say the then 17-year-old high school student sent 193 text messages the day of the crash, including some just a minute or so before impact and dozens more after it.

He was among the first people prosecuted under a law that went into effect in 2010 creating the criminal charge of texting while driving negligently and causing injury.

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