Aaron Deveau of Haverhill, Massachusetts sent and received text messages just moments before his car crossed the center line and crashed head on into a truck. The driver and father of three, Donald Bowley, died from the injuries he received. Bowley’s girlfriend was severely injured. Deveau was 17 when the accident occurred.
Deveau was convicted of motor vehicle homicide, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, using a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle, reading or sending an electronic message, marked lanes violation, and two counts of negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use. In 2010, the state of Massachusetts made it illegal to text while driving. The teen plead not guilty, saying he was distracted by the amount of homework he had to do.
Deveau had faced a maximum of 4 years in prison, but was sentenced to 2 ½ years behind bars with a year to serve and the rest suspended. He must also perform 40 hours of community service and lose his driver’s license for 15 years.
This tragic story reminds us how important it is to stay completely alert and aware when driving. Texting while driving is deadly. Washington DC and 38 other states have laws making texting while driving a crime. Georgia is one of them. Unfortunately, South Carolina is not, but it does have a distracted/inattentive clause under contributing factors. A skilled attorney is essential for this type of personal injury case. The Kerr Law Firm has the knowledge and experience to get you compensated if you have been the victim of someone texting while driving.
If you or a family member has been hurt by someone’s negligence, please call the Kerr Law Firm at 843-785-3330. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be honored to assist you with your case.