An 18-year-old man in Massachusetts who pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide has been convicted of numerous charges including felonies and violations. He now holds the dubious distinction of being the only man in Massachusetts convicted of felony vehicular homicide for texting while driving.
Aaron Deveau was allegedly using his cell phone to read and send text messages on February 20, 2011, when his car swerved over the double yellow line and crashed head on into a truck operated by one Donald Bowley. The 55-year-old Bowley was killed as a result of the crash.
“My brother received such severe head trauma that there was no hope for him,” the victim’s sister testified in court.
The prosecutors charged Deveau with vehicular homicide, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, using a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle, reading or sending an electronic message while driving, a marked lanes violation, and two counts of criminal negligence (both stemming from the mobile phone use).
Deveau insists that he was not texting at the time of the accident, though evidence presented at trial indicates that he sent and received messages at 2:34 and 2:35pm. The crash occurred at 2:36pm, according to police. Deveau faces up to four years in prison.