If for some reason you still don't think that texting while driving is a bad idea, here's a story for you. Aaron Deveau, age 17, was allegedly composing a text message when his car crossed the center line of a Massachusetts street, hitting a car head-on. In that car was Daniel Bowley, Jr. and his girlfriend, Luz Roman. Bowley Jr. suffered massive injuries in the crash, and after spending 18 days in a Boston hospital, died as a result of the injuries.

According to Boston.com, a Haverhill, Massachusetts judge sentenced Deveau to "concurrent sentences of two and a half years on a charge of motor vehicle homicide and two years for a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle causing serious injury while texting" earlier this week.

After noting Deveau's age and lack of any criminal record, the judge later ordered the 17-year-old to serve one year in the Essex County House of Corrections, suspending the other sentences. Deveau was originally arrested in 2011, following the crash that took place in February of that year.

"If I could take it back, I would take it back. I just want to apologize to the family," Deveau stated during the trial. During his testimony, Deveau reportedly claimed that he was not texting during the time of the crash and could not recall texting while driving.

Luz Roman (pictured above), who survived the crash, spoke out during the hearings, and spoke to Boston.com after the sentencing, which you can see in the video below. "This has been giving me a lot of pain, there are no words to describe," Roman told Boston.com. Scroll down for the rest of her commentary, as well as some thoughts from Bowley's son.


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      T1
      • 2 Years Ago
      cell phone records will capture the time of the texting
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @T1
        Oh, the irony. What if that cell phone recording provides vital evidence to incriminate the texter, but by looking through the phone cam while driving, you too hit someone and the video incriminates you, too. Best not to be a dangerous driving hypocrite, and get yourself a dash cam or willing passenger to film if you wish.
      ravingricefarmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      how did he get distracted in the first place since he claims he wasn't texting? one does not simply swerve to other side of the road for no reason
        ravingricefarmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ravingricefarmer
        read other comment: he was lying, evidence (timestamp) seems to say so.
          Darek
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ravingricefarmer
          Hmm, shouldn't lying have gotten him a harsher sentence? The whole 'no remorse' bit. Ugh. No winners here.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is outrageous. He should be made an example of. May make others think twice. I may sound like a broken record but traversing the busy city streets of Atlanta the past couple of years has really opened my eyes to how truly bad the texting/talking while driving situation is. There should be zero tolerance for this sort of thing.
        Stew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        but the government should get out of my life! /sarcasm... but seriously, take a look at articles here where "banning xxxxx" is mentioned... like here http://www.autoblog.com/2011/12/13/ntsb-wants-to-ban-mobile-phone-use-in-cars-across-the-country/ it's pretty much "leave the government out", "nanny state", and so on.. not everyone of course, but there is a good number.
          ryanandrewmartin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Stew
          Dude, I've read it. I understand the small government stance but I also understand that most people are ******* stupid and need laws to punish their stupidity.
      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some dumb ass kid nearly killed my neighbor and flipped his Grand Cherokee in front of my house while texting.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Teleny411
        my little sister was texting and crashed the family suv into a taurus and ended up flipping the suv on its side. both cars were totaled. all this was on a side street a block from my house.
          Teleny411
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Camaroman101
          As I leave work (college) the students are all riding down the road, wandering inand out of lanes going either way to fast or creeping at 2mph. I can't tell you how many wrecks have happened, but they hide their phones and lie.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really it is his own fault, and should be a lesson for everyone else texting and driving
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      There needs to be a blinking message somewhere in the car, and on the phone, constantly reminding them- "Kids.... you're too clumsy to multitask, so don't even try to text while driving." and if someone in my family got killed by a texting driver, and only got a 4 year sentence, I'd hire a hitman to finish the job.
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was in a traffic jam and saw this massive SUV behind me coming up. I was stopped but the lady was texting and almost rear ended me. This kid deserves 3 years in jail. Yeah, too bad. They are going to make an example out of him.
      Deerfield
      • 2 Years Ago
      "If I could take it back, I would take it back. I just want to apologize to the family,". Really Aaron... the only reason why you are sorry is because you got caught. If this accident did not happen you would still be texting and driving. There need to be more sentencing like this or even harsher sentencing in the future to send the message that texting and driving is just like drinking and driving and once you take a life saying I am sorry cannot bring that person back when all this could have been avoided by just pulling over if sending this text was such a matter of emergency or life and death (which I don't believe it was). My prayers go out to the victims family... May you find strenthg is this most difficult time.
      Weezle Eye
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just wondering, if he claims he wasn't texting, just how was it proven that he was texting immediately prior to impact???
        untitledfolder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Weezle Eye
        Phone records are the smoking gun. The phone could also be analyzed to prove it, if it was found after the crash. I think he got what he deserves. Hitting someone head on without car malfunction is disgusting levels of distraction.
          the.ting
          • 2 Years Ago
          @untitledfolder
          Yep. It's like walking into a crowded room with a loaded gun and carelessly pointing and waving it around with finger in the trigger guard. More people get killed by careless driving than firearms each year, yet there are more calls for firearms regulation than stuff like this. About time.
        nick_318is
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Weezle Eye
        http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/06/12090348-massachusetts-teen-sentenced-to-prison-for-texting-while-driving?lite Phone records show he sent a text at 2:34 and received one at 2:35 the same time as the crash according to the Police.
          Ducman69
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nick_318is
          Usually they can only show that he was negligent, and that at some point CLOSE to the time of the accident he was texting, and its reasonable to assume its the cause of the accident. As they always say though, if you want to kill someone don't use a gun, use a car. Even in cases of gross negligence, you get a slap on the wrist.
          Weezle Eye
          • 2 Years Ago
          @nick_318is
          ok, well the texts might be timestamped, but the exact time of the accident wasn't. I guess as long as the texts were sent "around" the time of the accident, you'll be found guilty.
        johnnytutone
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Weezle Eye
        Time stamped text audit from his provider, I'm assuming. If the last text was sent seconds before the crash, that's pretty conclusive evidence.
        regionrat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Weezle Eye
        So he was texting, okay. But does it really matter if he was texting or if he wasn't? He could have been strokin' it for all we know -- the point is he was not watching the road and killed someone due to his negligence.
          Klinkster
          • 2 Years Ago
          @regionrat
          When there are massive public service announcements outlining the dangers of "strokin' and driving", then it'll be worse. The kid should have known better unless he lives in a box or trailer park shack with no TV.
      EcoBooster
      • 2 Years Ago
      It sickens me to the 'nth degree that our young kids today are so immature and reckless. TEXTING while driving. Hanging their stupid arms outside the window when driving with hand @ 12 a clock position. Leeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaning aalllllllllllllllll the way back in their seat, when driving. BLASTING THE RADIO SO HARD 5 CARS BEHIND CAN TASTE THE LYRICS OF YOUR BADA$$ SONG. Driving weak performanced cars (civics, kias, anythingt before 2006) and trying to race BIGGER BETTER CARS on the highway/streets. NOT using their turn signal when changing lanes, or CUTTING PEOPLE OFF. WHEN ARE YOU KIDS...NO.....CHILDREN...GOING TO LEARN?!?!!
        Kronos
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        How is this about kids? Adults text while driving too, and are just as dangerous while doing it.
        Rick C.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        LOL. Ah, I think we did that as kids too.
        kuntknife
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        It's human development. As you go through puberty and onward, you're decision making skills are being developed, and that's when you *start* to make decision based on the future, not just the present. Teenagers don't just *decide* to make bad decisions, but rather party of the chemistry of your body. Think of all of crazy piercings, questionable tattoos, fashion, etc. Hell, think back to your teenage years! The only difference between today's teenagers and previous generations is the access to more distracting technology. And lastly, everything you meantioned above is performed by people in their 20s and 30s as well. Stop using teens as the skapegoat.
        Levi1922
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        you're ignorant.
        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        I'm pretty sure people have stuck their arms out the windows of cars while driving for as long as there have been windows on cars...it's not like they just invented windows or nice weather recently. In fact, pretty sure that everything you listed has been done for decades now except for the texting.
      Burabus
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you text and drive, f you
      Klinkster
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's bad enough this kid killed someone in a car accident and got a pathetic year in jail. But to add insult to injury, he claims he wasn't texting (or couldn't remember texting). The evidence convicted him...and for lying and not taking responsibility for his actions the judge SHOULD have thrown the book at him for the max sentence. I guarantee there will be a civil suit filed and this kid will be flipping burgers and giving half his wages to the victims for the rest of his life. He might as well jump off a bridge now.
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