Teen Faces Jail Time Over Texting-While-Driving Death
A teen is facing jail time for motor vehicle homicide after killing a man in a crash prosecutors say was caused by texting while driving, the first such case in Massachusetts involving electronic messaging.
Evidence was introduced at trial that the driver, 17-year-old Aaron Deveau, was using his cellphone to send and receive up to 193 text messages in the hours just before he collided head-on with another vehicle.
The driver of the other vehicle, Donald Bowley, Jr., sustained traumatic brain injuries and his passenger, Luz Selena Roman, suffered serious injuries in the February 2011 crash. Bowley died after being taken off life support 18 days later.
Deveau faces up to four years in prison, if convicted.