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Aaron Deveau, 18, Guilty of Homicide From Texting and Driving

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This case is certainly likely to create a lot of discussion no matter which side of the fence you are on. If you support laws to curb distracted driving, this may be a victory of sorts. If you support freedom from government interference, you may not be happy. Regardless of where you are on this issue, a jury has determined that Deveau's testimony that he was not texting at the time of the collision was not credible.

Deveau, 18, is the first person convicted under Massachusetts law for homicide as a result of texting while driving.

The February 20, 2011, collision caused by Deveau resulted in the death of Donald Bowley. Mr. Bowley's girlfriend, Luz Ramon, was in the vehicle with him and sustained serious injuries. The trial was in Haverhill.

Deveau allegedly erased several texts and it was argued by prosecutors that he was not truthful with the police.

This form of distracted driving is not a passing fad to be dealt with at some time in the future. Innocent people are being killed and injured daily from the selfish acts of using a cell phone while driving. I understand many of my friends don't like the government to say that it is illegal to text and drive. Unfortunately, this form of communication is so addictive that the only way to protect innocent motorists, passengers and pedestrians is to make texting and driving illegal. You want to say it's a personal responsibility issue? Ok, explain that to the family of Donald Bowley and directly to Ms. Ramon. Whatever insurance is available for these injuries is not worth a hill of beans to the families of the victims.

What do you think about this conviction? Your thoughts on driving while texting?

Drive Safe – XTHATXT

Say No to Distracted Driving

Jeff Weinstein

www.LonghornLawyer.com

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  1. Randi says:
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    The jury made the right decision. There is nothing safe about using cell phones while driving. Why risk taking the life of an innocent person? I would not want to live with that burden. How hard is it to just keep the phone out of your hands when you are behind the wheel…

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    Thanks Randi for your comments. Here is an update. The Judge has now sentenced Deveau. Judge Stephen Abany sentenced the teenager Deveau to two and a half years on the vehicular homicide charge and two years on the texting and causing injury charge. Deveau will serve one year concurrently on both charges and the balance of both charges is suspended for five years. His license will be suspended for 15 years. It is truly sad for everyone involved.

  3. Ashlie says:
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    I believe that the jury made the right decision. I believe that texting while driving should be made illegal everywhere!

  4. Mark Bello says:
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    Jeff: In the context of negligent homicide and drunk driving, this sentence seems harsh, though, perhaps, appropriate. We can’t undue the mistake this young man made and he will have to live with it for the rest of his life. We can’t bring bad the dead and those responsible should pay. Your efforts in educating young people who text and drive are admirable; we need more people like you to educate our childrem. The best education, though, unfortunately, are incidents like this one. Hopefully kids will see that texting and driving is dangerous to them and to others; if injury and death prevention is not enough motivation, how about the loss of freedom (jail time) and/or privileges (drivers’ license suspension)? Do we really need to be electronically engaged at all times? At the risk of safety and freedom? This madness must stop. Thanks again for all you do to educate young people about these dangers. Regards, Mark

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    Mark,
    Thanks for the post. It is really sad that so many people have to suffer from something that is 100% preventable. I can’t recall any other potential danger that is completely preventable.
    Jeff