Haverhill teen convicted in texting-while-driving case

HAVERHILL - In the first case of its kind in Massachusetts, a teenager was found guilty Wednesday of causing a fatal crash while texting and will serve a year in jail, as the judge attempted to send a clear message to others who may be tempted to take their eyes off the road.

“Deterrence - that really seems to come to play in this case . . . People really want to be safe on the highways,’’ said District Court Judge Stephen Abany, explaining the basis of his decision, moments before sentencing Aaron Deveau of Haverhill before a courtroom filled with loved ones of both the victim and defendant.

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