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Old 06-07-2012, 08:52 AM   #1
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Massachusetts teen sentenced to prison for texting while driving

By Andrew Mach
A Massachusetts teenager was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison and loss of his license for 15 years for causing a fatal crash by texting while driving.


Follow @msnbc_usAaron Deveau, 18, was convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting – the first driver in Massachusetts to face such charges, the Boston Globe reported. Prosecutors said Deveau, who pleaded not guilty, was texting on Feb. 20, 2011, when his vehicle swerved across the center line of a Haverhill, Mass., street and crashed head on into Daniel Bowley’s truck, killing the 55-year-old New Hampshire father of three.

Before imposing the maximum sentence on Deveau, District Court Judge Stephen Abany said he was sending a message of deterrence to Massachusetts drivers.

Deterrence “really seems to come to play in this case,’’ Abany said, according to the Globe report. “People really want to be safe on the highways.’’ People need to “keep their eyes on the road, keep their eyes on the road.’’

David Teater, senior director of transportation initiative at the National Safety Council, agreed with the ruling and said he believes it’s important to take a hardline approach on cases of texting while driving.

“People can violate these laws and there really isn’t much of a deterrence without examples like this,” Teater told msnbc.com. “Clearly, being distracted is an extremely deadly thing that’s going on in this country and people need to understand they just can’t do it.”

Deveau, who was 17 at the time of the crash, was initially charged with motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, using a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle, reading or sending an electronic message, a marked lanes violation and two counts of negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use.

Deveau’s lawyer argued there was no evidence that the crash caused Bowley’s death. In his own testimony, Deveau said he was distracted by the amount of homework he had to do and sent his last text message while parked in the parking lot of the grocery store where he worked. Furthermore, he said he left his phone in the passenger’s seat until after the crash when he called his parents.

Though he insisted he was not texting at the time of the crash and could not remember texting while driving, phone records indicate Deveau sent a text message at 2:34 p.m. and received a response at 2:35 p.m. Police said the crash occurred at 2:35 p.m., ABCNews.com reported.

“I made a mistake,’’ Deveau told the judge, according to the Globe. “If I could take it back, I would take it back. I just want to apologize to the family.’’

A survivor of the crash – Bowley’s girlfriend, Luz Roman – said she suffered emotional and physical stress after the crash and death of Bowley, the father of her three children.

“This has been giving me a lot of pain, there are no words to describe,’’ Roman said, according to the Globe. “Broken leg, broken heart.’’

“We hope this sends a message that it’s not OK to text and drive,’’ Burleigh said, according to the Globe.

Texting while driving is a crime in Washington, D.C., and 38 states, including Massachusetts.

“This is a threat that did not exist just a few years ago, and we’ve never had to understand how being connected to a mobile world was dangerous,” Teater told msnbc.com. “Unfortunately now the way we’re beginning to understand the danger of it is by people getting hurt and dying. And that needs to change.”
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It doesnt prove to me that he was reading it at the time of the crash
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Seems pretty harsh, especially when he seems to be an upstanding citizen. Guess he will become a smart criminal now that he has a limited future.
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It doesnt prove to me that he was reading it at the time of the crash
Uh, that's not the trial transcript, it's just a story about the trial and it doesn’t change the fact that he killed someone by having his head square up his whatever the reason
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Like I have said before I doesnt seem that anything can be an accident these days
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"Making an example" from the bench kinda bothers me. Cuz its not like anyone pays close enough attention to the court system to actually give a .
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Like I have said before I doesnt seem that anything can be an accident these days
There's no doubt it was an accident, but he was negligent. He failed to control his vehicle. When you fail to control a perfectly functioning vehicle you are at fault, period
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"Making an example" from the bench kinda bothers me. Cuz its not like anyone pays close enough attention to the court system to actually give a .
That's what "the news" is for
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There's no doubt it was an accident, but he was negligent. He failed to control his vehicle. When you fail to control a perfectly functioning vehicle you are at fault, period
Negligence can be found in most any accident. It didnt use to be a crime that required time to be served. Someone must pay in society today
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Negligence can be found in most any accident. It didnt use to be a crime that required time to be served. Someone must pay in society today
It's against the law in MA to text while driving and apparently the jury believed he was texting when he killed a father of 3
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If this were a wrecking ball operator crushing your wife and two kids - because he was texting - would you be as forgiving in your comments?

Don't feel empathy because it is an act that we all do sometimes and can see ourselves in his chair. A car is a 2-ton killing machine. Killing somebody with it negligently is no different than using any other killing machine.
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so, texting is illegal but reading an actual book is not? what about eating breakfast with a fork and spoon? or cleaning up the mess that just happened in the passenger floor when my cup spilled it's contents? would he be made an example of then?
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listening to the radio will be an offense that will lead to jail time in the future
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so, texting is illegal but reading an actual book is not? what about eating breakfast with a fork and spoon? or cleaning up the mess that just happened in the passenger floor when my cup spilled it's contents? would he be made an example of then?
Depends on if any of that falls under criminal negligence.

When texting drivers kill only themselves I'll be all for it
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Everything will one day fall under criminal neg. You and your buddy are drinking at the beach. You are riding around on a 4 wheeler. He is drunk as and falls off and hits his head. Bam! Jail time for you. I don't agree with that
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Everything will one day fall under criminal neg. You and your buddy are drinking at the beach. You are riding around on a 4 wheeler. He is drunk as and falls off and hits his head. Bam! Jail time for you. I don't agree with that
Maybe the jury will be filled with folks just like you and you will be set free.
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Maybe the jury will be filled with folks just like you and you will be set free.
I hate to think it would be filled with people with your mentality. The world is not black and white. Minds like yours will lead to a society like Demolition Man and that pre crime from that Tom Cruise movie.
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I hate to think it would be filled with people with your mentality. The world is not black and white. Minds like yours will lead to a society like Demolition Man and that pre crime from that Tom Cruise movie.
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Your mentality goes way beyond texting. Every case can set a precedence. Kids can be charged for selling lemonade on their sidewalks due to mentalities like yours.
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