HAVERHILL, MA (AP) - A Massachusetts teenager has been sentenced to spend a year in jail for a fatal traffic accident that happened while he was texting.
Aaron Deveau of Haverhill was sentenced to 2 1/2 years behind bars with a year to serve and the remainder suspended for the February 2011 crash that took the life of 55-year-old Donald Bowley Jr. of New Hampshire. Bowley's girlfriend was seriously injured.
Prosecutors say the then 17-year-old high school student sent 193 text messages the day of the crash, including some just a minute or so before impact and dozens more after it.
He was among the first people prosecuted under a law that went into effect in 2010 creating the criminal charge of texting while driving negligently and causing injury.