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Teen convicted of texting while driving: Could this happen in Kansas?

Posted on July 4th, 2012

After being convicted several weeks ago for vehicular homicide, Aaron Deveau, 18, will serve one year in prison and the loss of his drivers license for 15 years.

This landmark case happened in Massachusetts and it is the first conviction for texting while driving.

On Feb. 20, 2011, Deveau crossed the center line of a Haverhill, Mass., street and hit Daniel Bowley’s truck head on. Bowley’s girlfriend, Luz Roman, survived the crash, but Bowley didn’t. Bowley suffered severe head trauma and died in a Boston hospital 18 days after the crash. Bowley was the father of three.

District Court Judge Stephen Abany sentenced the teen with the maximum sentence and said he was sending a message to all Massachusetts drivers.

Although Deveau’s attorney argued that Deveau was not texting while driving, rather he was distracted thinking about his homework when the crash occurred. Furthermore, Deveau defended himself saying his cell phone was in the passenger seat during the duration of his drive. After the crash, Deveau told the police he swerved to avoid another vehicle in front of him that suddenly hit its brakes.

Despite Deveau’s denial of texting while driving, phone records prove that he sent at text at 2:34 p.m.and received a response at 2:35 p.m.According to the police, the accident occurred at 2:36 p.m.

Texting while driving is a crime in 38 states, including Kansas.

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