In a landmark texting-while-driving case, a jury took only a few hours to convict 18-year-old Aaron Deveau of Haverhill, Mass. Deveau’s car crashed into 55-year-old Donald Bowley’s car in February 2011, killing Bowley and injuring his girlfriend, Luz Roman.
Deveau received the maximum sentence for negligent motor vehicle homicide and causing injury in a crash while texting and driving. Even with some of his sentence suspended, he will serve a year in jail.
The question for the jury was whether the teen had the phone in his hand and was texting when the crash happened, and if that constituted criminal negligence. And though Deveau did apologize for his actions that day, the jury did find him criminally negligent.