HAVERHILL (CBS) — Authorities have charged a Haverhill teen with motor vehicle homicide after the say he was texting and driving when he caused a fatal crash.

17-year-old Aaron Deveau is also charged with texting while driving in the February 20 accident. Police say Deveau’s Chevy Malibu crossed the center line on River Street in Haverhill hitting a car driven by Donald Bowley, 55, of Danville head on.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports.

Bowley was taken to Mass General Hospital where he died of his injuries on March 10.

A passenger in Bowley’s car was also injured in the crash.

A law took effect September 30 that prohibits texting while driving. In addition, minors are prohibited from using a cell phone at all while driving.

Comments (15)
  1. karen s says:

    charge him as an adult. 1 dead and 1 injured is not family/juvie court stuff. put down the cellphones and all the other technology while you’re driving. these incidents are serious stuff “boys & girls.” story does not mention bail. hope bail was sizeable. to those who would try to use this defendant’s age as a plea for understanding/sympathy i say, have you ever done cpr on someone who was the victim of a motor vehicle accident? i have. justice for the victims.my condolences to mr bowley’s family. best wishes for a complete recovery to the passenger.

  2. Randy Brooks says:

    Hang ’em.

  3. emom says:

    When will they ever learn, when will their parents sit them down and truely talk to them, WHEN WILL THEY STOP SHOWING THEM WHAT TO DO, KIDS LEARN FROM THEIR PARENTS, IF they text behinf the wheel so will they, If they drink behind the wheel, SO WILL THE KIDS.,……………… SO PARENTS WHEN WILL YOU STOP , LOOK , AND REALIZE YOU ARE THE ONES TEACHING YOUR CHILD …………………I WONDER………………..

  4. al says:

    one person died from some-one being thoughtless. But we all put our lives at stake when we drive drunk, drive with high beams when behind some-one, when we don’t use our directionals when changing lanes or making a turn. but when some-one kills another, we jump on that person with-out thinking about the thoughtless things we do everyday that could kill some-one. We are a society that has the attitude that says, It won’t happen to me because I can handle it. 17 or 97 when is any-one going to wake up and start doing the RIGHT thing. When you get behind the wheel, whatever decision you make is all up to you in the manner you drive. So think about that the next time you want to crucify some-one for their actions. How many more people have to die because of thoughtless driving?

    1. J.G. Adams says:

      Not everyone drives in an unskilled, impaired or distracted manner. As a traffic safety professional, I maintain my vehicles to the highest safety standards. As well I have completed numerous advanced driving skill schools. I never drive with a cell phone or other portable electronics. On every drive, I control my vehicle as if my life and the lives of all other road users and pedestrians depends on it. Because it does. If everyone drove that way, 40,000 fewer Americans would die every year.

  5. dannyboy says:

    Well some things in life don’t require a PHD or any other college degree. Neither does texting while driving. It’s wrong. What is really sad is this young man had to find out the hard way and has to live with the guilt for the rest of his life.

  6. dannyboy says:

    Bad thing happen to those who say or think, ” It will never happen to me”

  7. boyo says:

    this punk needs serious jail time for pre-meditated murder. And when he gets out he should never be allowed to drive again, at the very least his insurance premiums should be $10k per year. Jerk.

    1. TC says:

      Maybe you should be more mature in the comments you leave.

  8. jaypam says:

    We pray for the family and friends of the man that lost his life. I am fairly certain he didn’t know this was going to be the last day of their life DO YOU?? We had an 18 year old son that died in a very “UNUSUAL WAY”. The day he died he was all excited about getting to his cross country running class to test out his new shoes he was given free the night before. See NEWS VIDEO COVERAGE at http://allneedChrist.com. Our son was an AP calculus student in high school, cross country runner that ran 40 plus miles a week since the age of 8. When he died an autopsy was done and no drugs or alcohol were in his system.

    1. Dear Old Dad says:

      It should be mentioned that the 2 individuals that were injured in this accident were NOT wearing seatbelts. If they were, this would be a fender-bender. Both were adults in their 50’s. I sympathize with their families, but you have to place some of the responsibility with Mr Bowley and his passenger for driving with no seatbelt, as required by law. There is enough blame to go around. Aaron Deveau is already paying a high price for his mistake and will continue to pay a price for life. He is a very good kid that made a mistake, not a punk.

      1. Rayray says:

        very very true Aaron was in the wrong but they as adults should know better than to not wear seatbelts!!!

  9. t says:

    I agree with Dear Old Dad, he has a very good point not to be uncaring for the
    the person who lost there life but the the LAW is the LAW and if he was wearing his seat belt he may still be here. I feel for the family who lost a love one I know how they feel I have lost a love one to an accident and that is what it was an accident. This child will leave with this for the rest of his life. I know he was wrong
    for texting while driving and hard lesson learn. Yes he should be punish but not charge for killing a man who knew better and should of had his seat belt on as my love one should of.

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