Mass. teen pleads not guilty in texting death
HAVERHILL, Mass. -- A Haverhill teenager facing a motor vehicle homicide charge for allegedly causing a fatal accident while texting behind the wheel has pleaded not guilty.
Seventeen-year-old Aaron Deveau pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges including motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, negligent operation of a motor vehicle causing injury due to mobile phone use, and being a person under the age of 18 using a mobile phone while driving.
He was released on personal recognizance and ordered not to drive.
Police say Deveau was using a mobile device Feb. 20 when his car crossed the center line and struck another vehicle. The driver of the other car, Donald Bowley of Danville, N.H., died.
Deveau told police he swerved to avoid rear-ending a vehicle in front of him that suddenly slowed down.
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