Prison time for texting while driving
A Massachusetts teenager was sentenced to two years in prison for texting while driving....causing a fatal accident.
Aaron Deveau, 18, was convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting, the Boston Globe reported.
Prosecutors said Deveau, who pleaded not guilty, was texting when his vehicle swerved across the street and crashed into Daniel Bowley’s truck.
Bowley, a 55-year-old New Hampshire father of three, was killed.
Bowley’s sister, Donna Burleigh, said her brother suffered severe head trauma and suffered in a Boston hospital for 18 days before dying.
Bowley’s girlfriend, Luz Roman, who was in the van at the time of the crash, survived.
However, she suffered emotional and physical stress after the crash and death of Bowley, whom she had three children with.
Deveau 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 pm Police said the crash occurred at 2:35 pm, 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 apologise to the family.’’
His sister Burleigh said, “We hope this sends a message that it’s not OK to text and drive.’’
Published June 7 2012