Teen becomes the first person convicted of homicide after killing someone while driving and texting. Is this too harsh?
Aaron Deveau, 18, was the first driver to be charged and convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting under Massachusetts law.
Prosecutors said Deveau,
who pleaded not guilty, was texting on Feb. 20, 2011, when his vehicle
swerved across the center line of a Haverhill street and crashed head on
into Donald Bowley's truck, killing the 55-year-old father of three.
"My brother received such severe head trauma that ... there was no hope
for him," the victim's sister Donna Burleigh testified in Haverhill
Deveau was 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
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