Guilty verdict in landmark texting, driving case

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 8, 2012

Texting while driving is a known problem among teenagers, who often disregard state bans on using a cellphone while operating a vehicle.

A landmark case in Massachusetts that has resulted in a teenager being charged with vehicular homicide, however, may change the attitudes of teen drivers towards ignoring texting laws.

Aaron Deveau, 18, was found guilty on the charge of motor vehicle homicide by texting on Wednesday in relation to a 2011 car crash that killed 55-year-old Donald Bowley, according to MSNBC.

Deveau will spend one year in prison and his license will be suspended for 15 years.