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Sentencing of Massachusetts youth fuels controversy over distracted driving.

By Clifford Atiyeh Thu 11:42 AM
A Massachusetts teenager who caused a fatal car crash after texting on his phone was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail, a punishment that has rippled across the nation as states and federal agencies try to combat distracted driving.

Aaron Deveau of Haverhill, a suburb north of Boston, crossed into the opposite lane on Feb. 20, 2011, and collided head-on with a car driven by Donald Bowley Jr., 55, of Danville, N.H. Bowley suffered brain injuries and died 18 days later. His girlfriend, Luz Roman, survived. Deveau was 17 at the time, and his sentence was shortened from 2 1/2 years to one because of his prior record and age. He won't be allowed to drive for another 15 years.

The Boston Globe reports:
Jonathan W. Blodgett, Essex district attorney, said Wednesday that a key part of the prosecution’s case was obtaining subpoenas for the phone records and comparing the text times to the time the initial 911 call came in. Prosecutors argued that Deveau was texting his girlfriend two minutes before the crash and that his behavior qualified as negligence.
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