A Massachusetts teenager has been convicted of vehicular homicide for texting while driving, the first since state legislators passed the Safe Driving Law.
Eighteen-year-old Aaron Deveau was sentenced to 2.5 years behind bars with a year to serve and the remainder suspended.
According to testimony, Deveau was driving on River Street in Haverhill last February when he crossed the center line and collided with a car driven by Donald Bowley. The 55-year-old father of three died from his injuries.
Prosecutors subpoenaed cell phone records to prove that Deveau was texting at the time of the accident.
David Frank of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has been following the trial, and joins Radio Boston to talk about the precedent it sets.
- David Frank, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
This segment aired on June 6, 2012.