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Teenager Gets A Year In Jail For Killing A Man While Texting And Driving. Fair?
Posted On: 6/7/2012 2:41PM

I've got no problems with the sentencing of 17-year-old Aaron Deveau (not pictured), who killed a 55-year-old man and likely permanently messed up a 59-year-old woman in an oncoming vehicle when he crossed the centerline while composing a text. It seems fitting also that he's getting his license suspended for 15 years, since anyone who will distract themselves with their gadgets to the point where they forget that they're supposed to stay on their own side of the road has no business operating a motor vehicle. I realize that some may consider it a harsh and excessive punishment for a high-schooler with no previous criminal record, and wah-wah. But the more people have it drilled into their heads that there actually are serious consequences to texting while driving, the fewer will do it. And honestly, I just don't want someone who behaves this way to be using the same roads as my loved ones. Including my vehicles. What's your take on it? Full story at Autoblog and Jalopnik.

Comments (89)
Avatar By: CoreyDavis89
6/7/2012 3:18 PM

Should of got life in my opinion. He knew texting was wrong and dangerous, its not like it was an accident were his tire blew out. An those who say that's harsh well I am 23 and would expect the same punishment. That's a human life that was taken and another's ruined all over something so stupid and unimportant that could of waited till he got home!

Avatar By: scottstott
6/7/2012 4:18 PM

AGREED - should have been way longer in prison, and maybe put him on a blacklist for cell phones as well for the next 15 years, make him used a pay phone or land lines at home!!!

Avatar By: 74Furyous
6/7/2012 4:36 PM

You make stupid choices that injure/kill others? You have to pay for them. Hopefully, the victims family will take him to civil court and sue him for every cent that he'll make when he gets out. (prob in three years unfortunately).

Avatar By: usnrocker
6/7/2012 4:48 PM

I agree that he deserves more than he got because he made a stupid choice. When you get behind the wheel after drinking and kill someone you get the same treatment.. maybe people will get the hint

Avatar By: jbrinkcivic
6/7/2012 5:00 PM

I'm 22 and I think he should have been tried for murder as an adult... Knowingly putting the general public's life in danger is never OK, and it is even worse when you're piloting what is essentially a 3,000lb projectile.

Avatar By: tazgts
6/7/2012 5:11 PM

This really is as bad as drunk driving IMO. This punk should have died instead of the people he hit.

Avatar By: BIG_CIVIC
6/7/2012 5:28 PM

It sounds like at least involuntary vehicular manslaughter to me. I don't know what the sentence for that crime would normally be but 1 year seems a little tame. I agree with "scottstott" that he should have his cell phone rights taken away. It would probably make more of an impact to this kid having no phone than having no car for 15 years. Although it would be pretty difficult to enforce.

Avatar By: SouthernGuy8503
6/7/2012 5:46 PM

scottstott - Putting him on some cell phone ban list wouldn't stop him from getting a pre-paid phone like a tracfone.

Avatar By: SouthernGuy8503
6/7/2012 5:48 PM

I think he should have got a little longer, but not as much as some people are saying, like he out right murdered the guy. It was involuntary vehicular man slaughter which 1 year sounds about right, but isn't long enough. I think it should be 2-5 years without a chance for probation. Hell one of my uncles were driving drunk and ran over a woman which she died and all that happened was that he lost his license and spend 9 months in jail (which is about how long this kid will spend in there if he has good behavior).

Avatar By: MrAMC1
6/8/2012 5:13 AM

I'm sure there will be a civil suit after the jail time. Anyone that texts and drives is an idiot and an asshole. I don't care how good of driver you think you you are in that tuner Subaru your parents bought you at 17. You can't text and drive safely and when something bad happens be prepared to get a big fine or worse case go to jail if something tragic happens. I'm sure this kids parents will try to defend him and say that it wasn't his fault, blah blah blah. Bottom line he killed someone and hurt another because he had to type something stupid on his smart phone to one of his dip shit friends. You find today that most people are self-absorbed, aloof, arrogant assholes that don't give a hang about anyone or anything else when they drive. It's all about ME ME ME. It's time for police to seriously crack down and write HUGE fines for speeding, not stopping at stop signs or red lights, texting, tailgating, etc! People need to realize that the rules of the road are there for safety, not to interfere with you getting to your spoiled fat kid's soccer game.

Avatar By: DaveyBoyo
6/8/2012 6:48 AM

As someone who shamefully admits he texts and drives on a daily basis, I think this punishment is still too light. It was his own criminal negligence that ended one life and destroyed another and he should have to pay for it

Avatar By: M45lover
6/8/2012 6:55 AM

An innocent man lost his life because some dumbass kid can't multitask. 1 year is unfair. 5 should have been the minimum. I try not to text while driving, and but some times i do.

Avatar By: Kylec00per
6/8/2012 9:48 AM

Yea i agree with everyone here on this one, 1 year is really not long enough. The 15 year suspension is great but only 1 year for murder! I know its called an accident but it could have been easily prevented this kids just an idiot...

Avatar By: johncoyle206
6/8/2012 10:34 AM

It's stupid to text and drive, for sure. But there's no proof that the kid was actually doing so. The best the prosecution could muster was that he'd *received* a text at the time of the crash. So the precedent now is that if you happen to get a text when you have an accident, you're texting and driving, which isn't right. It's awful that this guy got killed and his girlfriend got injured, but such sloppy application of the law is far worse.

Avatar By: SuzyBruisy
6/8/2012 12:52 PM

^^ Ultimately, I think the relevant rule here is: stay on your own fucking side of the road. There's really no excuse for wandering into the oncoming lane, period. The kid drove onto the wrong side of the road and killed someone, and if there was texting activity going on around the time of that incident, well, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that that was probably what caused it it. But even if he wasn't texting, what was he doing on the wrong side of the road killing someone? I don't really care if it was instead because he dozed off or was checking out some chick or was twiddling with his stereo or whatever: if you drive onto the wrong side of the road and kill someone, you seriously deserve whatever you get. Stay on your own fucking side of the road: how difficult is that really?

Avatar By: MrAMC1
6/8/2012 2:26 PM

^^It's like the story where the girl in Minnesota (or somewhere out west) was texting her boyfriend that she was going to run her car into a truck and kill herself. Seconds later she hit a woman head on going 85 mph, over the double line, in a construction site. Killed the woman and her kid. THen the girl claims she can't remember any of it, that she wasn't at fault, and that the woman must have hit her. The girl's family even went so far as to try and sue the dead woman's family!! In the end the girl did get jail time, but there was some much drama it was ridiculous. She texted she was going to do something, did it and then she and her family played the innocent victim card. Mindless self-serving assholes, probably just like the above kid and his family.

Avatar By: JVBimmer
6/8/2012 2:30 PM

This could have been prevented with a dose of common sense. Unfortunately, Darwin's laws played out on the wrong side in this accident..

Avatar By: fortyfordsedan
6/8/2012 5:20 PM

Unfortunately there is a contingent of people who will rationalize that either they are good multitaskers or nothing will happen to them who will fail to learn the lesson of this incident. The girl who killed that mother was from Whitefish Montana, about 10 miles from my hometown and what is amazing is even to this day she hasn't really admitted fault for the actions. This guy seems to at least have hope, he apologized to the family and seems sorry, it wont bring back the person he killed but goes a heck of a lot further than that girl who should spend the whole rest of her life in a jail cell so she doesn't put the rest of us in danger.

Avatar By: AllChevrolet
6/8/2012 9:50 PM

MrAMC1, that happened here in Montana. She killed the woman, her unborn child, and 13 year old son. She still refuses to aplogize to the victims family and take responsibility for her actions. The judge gave her 15 years, eligible for parole in half that.

Avatar By: NickNewToy
6/9/2012 3:41 AM

With the so called technology of today its a wonder they have not come up with a device that can detect when a person is using a device like that,that will shut the vehicle down or notify the Police, having said that i drive an 18 wheeler in the USA & Canada & i see the Police them selves using a Phone (But hey there the LAW & it's Aloud Eh )

Avatar By: NWSilverado
6/9/2012 7:20 AM

Wish he would have got more. Sad that he took a life just for texting while driving!!! Should have been more!

Avatar By: JL-KA
6/9/2012 2:17 PM

Should have gotten 15yrs in prison.

Avatar By: sl2kingx
6/9/2012 8:18 PM

He has BMW. WTF!

Avatar By: MopTop
6/10/2012 5:51 PM

Murder is murder, regardless of how he did it. He still killed someone. On top of that, it was not an accident, being unsafe was a choice he made.

Avatar By: Necr0n0mIV
6/11/2012 6:12 AM

it was an accident. we are all lucky that we havent done the same thing (yet)

Avatar By: subcero
6/11/2012 7:19 AM

Folks say its an accident. Cell phones been out too long for people not to have learned by now to cease texting while driving. There is no excuse for it now. They should have given him 28 years so by the time he gets out, he can still live a life.........but start living at 45. Take away the good years and let him live out the rest. He must have rich parents in order to have gotten off so easy.

Avatar By: highspeedhonda
6/11/2012 8:44 AM

assholes like him are why insurance is so freaking high and cops crack down harder on more of the victims with new stupid road rules lock him up and melt the key

Avatar By: wrx2k11
6/13/2012 6:05 AM

Should have got may more than 1 year in jail. Also should be banned from cell phone use for 15 years along with the suspended license for 15 years. If the penalty for these kids texting while driving was banning them from cell phone use I bet not many would risk it. A monetary penalty isn't enough, we need to start taking the cell phone away and banning them from using one for many years.

Avatar By: chevyfan4life123
6/13/2012 11:58 AM

the 1 year sentence sure ill agree with but 15 year suspension? thats just rediculous like i could see maybe a year or 2 but 15 thats to harsh

Avatar By: BIG_CIVIC
6/14/2012 7:55 AM

^So if someone killed one of your loved ones through reckless driving you'd be happy knowing that person was out driving again in two years time!? I know I wouldn't.

Avatar By: Jaxinc
8/8/2012 3:07 AM

One year and 15 years without a license? That's IT? Kid kills someone and gets away with a slap on the wrist. Thousands of people drive yearly without a proper license or at all, so what's to stop him from simply doing the same? At the very LEAST he should have gotten 15 years in jail. Our court system is pathetic when it comes to 'vehicular manslaughter' since it's not considered murder.... yet if you drive at a cop with your vehicle it's called "assault with a deadly weapon" which is the SAME as a gun! A car is a weapon in the wrong hands and when someone KILLS another person with their car out of NEGLIGENCE they should be sentenced as a normal person, not a driver. This is worse than people that kill someone while intoxicated.... at least they get a harsher sentence... was it because he was ONE year from 18? COME ON JUDGE!

Avatar By: -Interceptor-
8/8/2012 3:12 AM

almost got what he deserved.... almost

Avatar By: only126db
8/8/2012 3:53 AM

So for killing someone you get 1 yr, have 50 adult marijuana plants get the same ..... Our courts are so rediculous.... Kid got lucky, poor people he hit sure didnt.

Avatar By: chevycrazybum
8/8/2012 4:50 AM

fully justified. Should be longer term and never be able to drive the streets again.

Avatar By: 122344
8/8/2012 4:54 AM

I read the title about a kid killing another person while texting, and gets a year. So my first thoughts, only 1 year?? But then I read the rest of it, and is says is it too harsh? I would think it should be more than a year for killing.

Avatar By: soulcalibur
8/8/2012 5:02 AM

Oh, I'm sure that each and every one of you have done the same thing. text and drive. The kid is young sure he killed someone, but to have rot for 15 plus years in jail is not good. having to deal with thought of killing someone is punishment enough. Then again most internet "warriors" talk big online.

Avatar By: HighSpeedVehicle
8/8/2012 5:13 AM

One year for taking a life is a slap in the face. Should have gotten at least 15.

Avatar By: kmccabe56
8/8/2012 5:14 AM

Fair? Hell, no. How's he going to give the life back to the person he killed? How's he going to give the life back to the person he injured? Is he going to be financially responsible for his actions? Not bloody likely. He should only spend as much time in jail as it takes for his longest surviving victim to pass away. And should he manage to get out of jail at an age where the state he lives in lets people drive, he should NEVER be allowed to own or operate a motor vehicle.

Avatar By: 63falconconvert
8/8/2012 5:17 AM

One year in jail is a joke! It should be treated the same as a DWI in my opinion. Here in New York the penalty for a DWI is harsh! Accidents happen but this is just plain stupid on his part. I see people texting while driving everyday, and most are NOT kids but grown adults that should know better. All this does is send a message that "if I get caught, no big deal"!!!!

Avatar By: putergod
8/8/2012 5:47 AM

He should have been charged with involuntary vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to a minimum of 5 years. Everything else the same.

Avatar By: 1999dakotaman
8/8/2012 5:56 AM

murder, is murder. should be life in prison without parole. and texting should be treated like drinking and driving. get party plates as wells as the fines and whatnot. oh yeah and by November of this year it will be a 250$ fine and 3 points on your license if you're caught driving and talking on a cell phone without a wireless bluetooth

Avatar By: GnatGoSplat
8/8/2012 5:57 AM

He got off easy. He should consider himself lucky.

Avatar By: 427_Rum_Runner
8/8/2012 6:05 AM

The law needs to be changed so that drunks who kill people are executed and people who are texting and kill someone should be executed. Once that is on the books and those people KNOW that they face execution, it will STOP. Until then...expect the morons to keep drinking and texting. BTW...test have shown that even talking on a cell phone leaves your mind so inattentive that it is like you were driving drunk.

Avatar By: _streetdemon_
8/8/2012 6:09 AM

I am against texting while driving but are you all for real? take the fact that he was texting out and list it as distracted driving (like eating a snack, changing the radio station, day dreaming, popping a pimple in the review mirror, looking across at a hot chick) and would you still charge him the same way. In almost every fatal accident the driver of one car made a mistake and it is unprecedented to jail someone for years and then suspend their license for 15 additional years. The child did something dumb and will have to leave with it for the rest of his life and now on top of that the judge has made it almost impossible for him to have a successful career or fulfilling adulthood as he cant drive around Boston he should get a harsh punishment this is overkill seeing that if any one followed up on this would see he has received the most stern punishment given to date. There have been similar situations with adults in the Boston area and they have been sentenced to much less. Side note, did you know you could traffic drugs and get your licence back before this kid would or evade arrest and get your licence back before this kid. There is something wrong when a stupid mistake in a car holds a higher suspension rate then something intentional

Avatar By: 427_Rum_Runner
8/8/2012 6:11 AM

Oh, yea, texting is the same as eating a snack. Just like that. You are just covering up the fact YOU text while you are driving making you a moron too.

Avatar By: 79TBird
8/8/2012 6:24 AM

No different than drinking and driving in my opinion, should throw the book at him!

Avatar By: Fozzi58
8/8/2012 6:30 AM

I'm in the middle on this one. Personal experiences and feelings make me want to cry out - not hard enough. However, I have enough people in law enforcement and corrections in my family to know that rehabilitation is very poor in this country. One to Two years in prison is fair but a 15 year DL suspension is a bit harsh. While it serves the crime, the problem is he will never rehabilitate and he will just get a license again in 15 years. Instead, how about driver training courses and public speaking/community service to other teens. He will prob need that license to get a job and we are putting another freeloader on the books by preventing him from driving. He should be doing PSA's to HS kids with new licenses etc for 15 years. That would be better.

Avatar By: BigJ5
8/8/2012 6:43 AM

Well, this unfortunate reality is a combination of things. The first obviously is texting while driving. Second is the entire system on which road safety is based on. Sure using an auxiliary system (like a phone) while operating a vehicle does take your focus off of driving, but so does a lot of things. Realistically we aren't all suppose to drive with both hands at '10 and '2, do we? Not really? It is amazing how much trouble we can get into with one free hand! Also, the streets and highways we drive on have all become statistically "safer" by making them wider and straighter, with engineering inclines (declines), banking, water run off etc. This in turn has created a greater buffer zone for improper driving styles, and then combining this with vehicles that are even easier to drive every day (even a mundane car like a focus can parallel park itself!) and people become less involved (mentally) with driving and more involved with fooling around. Take for example, two roads, two cars, you're the driver. One is a straight road with Seinfeld esque "luxury lanes", your vehicle - a modern luxury car with automatic transmission adaptive cruise control and mitigation, lane departure sensors, blind spot sensors, etc etc. The second is a windy road with narrow lanes, blind corners, and your car is manual trans base model car. Now, you'd think the first scenario is easy, anyone could drive that without a problem. The second sounds difficult and more dangerous. But, globally speaking, the second scenario has less crashes, less fatalities, and safer more aware drivers. This is due directly to the amount of focus required by the driver. If this child was driving on a more difficult road how could he even send a text message? I'm sure it would be great if everyone had the ability to drive safely, but everyone isn't the same. Catering to special needs on a mass scale creates problems at the other end of the spectrum. This problem is much larger than just sending text messages. It is the entire system on which vehicular "freedom" is built upon. How can a young offender be given a 15 year suspension when a convicted drunk driver only has a 2 year suspension and 1 year with a breathalyzer (here in Ontario at least)? Using this child a a martyr doesn't get the system any more in check than what it needs to be. The system needs to be overhauled, as well as who has obtained a driver's licence. This child needs probation and proper guidance, no jail time, and a reformed outlook and respect on driving. Incarcerating him is a waste of public money, and waste of resources, and more importantly, it will more than likely warp this child's mind before he can become a useful citizen. What a poor decision on the court's behalf. Terrible article....

Avatar By: MychaelZ
8/8/2012 7:06 AM

I'm a little bothered by the anti-texting sentiment, not because I think it's wrong in and of itself, but because I think it's wrong to single out texting. The vast majority of human beings are incapable of being attentive drivers when doing ANYTHING other than focusing on the road, including, but not limited to: eating, adjusting the radio, talking to passengers, talking on the phone, yelling at kids, reading directions, reading billboards, and the list goes on and on. I don't care if you're telling your boss why you're going to be late, or turning the radio down so you can listen to that new noise under your hood, or yelling at your kids for spitting grape juice at each other; when you're behind the wheel, your primary focus should be ON THE ROAD AND WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND YOU. So now, someone who's texting while driving can be charged with violating a specific law, with stiff (albeit fair) penalties, while someone who causes a fatal accident because they're preoccupied with their kids in the backseat likely gets slapped with inattentive driving, and MAYBE vehicular manslaughter, depending on all the circumstances. If we're going to be passing laws targeting one segment of distracted drivers, we should be passing laws targeting ALL segments of distracted drivers.

Avatar By: F5mando
8/8/2012 7:16 AM

Not ignorant of the rules, he knew the risk he took. It is against the law to text while driving, and has been since before the offender got a license. He knew what he was doing, and did it all the time: While walking, shopping, eating, driving - what's the big deal? One life taken, and one ruined- and let's not forget the devastation to the life of all those related to this boy's text-casualties. Reading a text is bad enough. Composing a text while driving? Show me that text. If it wasn't sent to Batman to open the Bat-Cave, he should have pulled over to the side of the road. That would have required a sense of responsibility. I see this as a 'fail' on the part of the parents and schools.

8/8/2012 7:17 AM

Give him a jar of Lube, while he is serving that year, and while he's getting that Lube excercised ha can pretend he is Texting all his friends to help the Hours go by.LOL

Avatar By: wflores
8/8/2012 7:29 AM

You think a year is just, he deserves at least 30 years in prison for being stupid! I don't care if he never had a ticket in his life! He killed a man, injured a woman, and ruined a families' life for Christ's sake. I ride a motorcycle almost every day on a 50 mile commute to work and see kids and women mostly do this every day! PISSES ME OFF!

Avatar By: BAMAGXP
8/8/2012 7:56 AM

I like how they show a picture of a kid texting at the top and the little spoiled shit is in Beemer.

Avatar By: Tresphunk
8/8/2012 8:20 AM

It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving here. I'm surprised more jurisdictions aren't adopting this law. Cars are meant for driving. If texting is so important, then pull over and do it, it will take ten extra seconds. Texting isn't worth risking human lives. Furthermore, I don't know why drunk drivers don't instantly lose their licenses for life; it's perhaps one of the most irresponsible things a person can do.

Avatar By: Dodge_lover98
8/8/2012 8:22 AM

I think 2 years in prision and the 15 years without a license would of been good. I know people say he needs life but he is 17. There are way worse things going on out there that people dont even get life for. Even 15 years without a license will pretty much screw him over.

Avatar By: D-Fens
8/8/2012 8:24 AM

One stupid mistake is all it takes to end your own life. He's fortunate that when he killed someone else, he didn't kill himself.

Avatar By: mikeny
8/8/2012 8:29 AM

1-2 years in prison sounds good enough, but the 15 years w/o a license is a little harsh IMHO. once he does his prison sentence i'm pretty sure he'll be a changed man. maybe a 5 year suspension after he does his time.

Avatar By: quikstang2
8/8/2012 8:40 AM

I bet he would've gotten more time in prison if he was intentionally driving dangerously and killed them. One year for killing someone isn't harsh enough.

Avatar By: maxcichon
8/8/2012 9:21 AM

Negligent Homicide. 5-10 years.And a whoopin' from dad.

Avatar By: JL-KA
8/8/2012 9:47 AM

I said 15yrs the last time this was posted but I don't think 40 is out of line given that that's about what he took from the man he killed.

Avatar By: OutskirtsCustoms
8/8/2012 9:57 AM

Kid got it way too easy. I would expect at least 15 years, I mean I know it may have been an accedent but he should know better and it does not change the fact that it is negligent vehicular homicide. He took a life and destroyed another. Which if they send him to the right prison I'm sure he'll find a friend.... He's got a purdy

Avatar By: EMpowered28
8/8/2012 10:31 AM

Oh you didn't hear? The value of a life has been drastically reduced. Dr. James Corasanti was driving drunk in a Buffalo suburb in his new BMW and struck and killed 18 year old Alex Rice about a year ago. Knew he had hit something, fled the scene and went home, and instead of calling police he called his lawyer. Verdict: not guilty. When there is no fear of consequence......there is no fear. This kid should be put away for at least 5 years. Regardless of his age or lack of malicious intent the bottom line is that somebody is dead and it is 100 percent his fault. Bottom line.

Avatar By: pcelias
8/8/2012 10:44 AM

WHAT? Just ONE Year? For killing someone? Sorry, but he deserves Lifetime or death penalty. How is killing someone with a 4,000 pound car different than using a gun, knife or other object?

Avatar By: Josh429er
8/8/2012 10:45 AM

Life is harsh, come guys, It's wrong but he's not a serial murderer. I think he shoulda got a harsh manslaughter charge. 5, 10, maybe even 15 years in prison. The 15 year suspension is nice tho. To many of my peers do this. It's sad we can't wait until were done driving.

Avatar By: paulboch
8/8/2012 11:31 AM

1 YEAR????? At least 5 , come on ppl!!!! There was ppl out there who loved him and now he's gone, only at 55, Man this is not fair! By doing this all others will think oh it's ok, 1 year, I'll be texting too, But if they would say 15 in jail and when he walks out no license for life or 5-10 years, that would scare some ppl!!! My opin!!!

Avatar By: William-Garcia
8/8/2012 12:09 PM

If this man would been my dad, I just will wait the year the make my own justice. Pay a few thousand dollars and make this kid disappear...

Avatar By: Shelby_HEMI
8/8/2012 12:09 PM

...and people wonder why I despise texting...I'm 23, and I can't stand text messaging ANYWHERE, let alone driving. I'll just straight up CALL them, instead. It takes less time and costs less money for me, anyhow.

Avatar By: Driverguy
8/8/2012 1:02 PM

Christ almighty...the fact that he got in a head on collision, and likely hurt himself and totaled his car, plus the fact that the other guy died....probably means hes never going to even want to look at his phone while hes driving ever again...all this punishment isn't going to make him learn, its just going to inconvenience and screw up his life...

Avatar By: jblynn510
8/8/2012 1:08 PM

I think that with all the gps technology out there the cell phone companies should be able to sense that a phone is moving at 55 mph and not send or recieve anything until stopped.

Avatar By: djradam
8/8/2012 1:28 PM

too light. 15 year license? that part doesn't matter. i'm sure he'll break that rule at some point ... my dad was almost killed because some idiot hit him head-on. that guy didn't have a license because it was suspended for the 7th time. so, you can't keep these idiots off the street. 1 year is nothing. if someone is to sy the average person lives until they're 75 or 80, then this kid should get 20-25 years (what the old man might havel ived). this kid gets to live, and gets a free meal. this guy gets nothing.

Avatar By: al8apex
8/8/2012 1:50 PM

wow, barely a slap on the wrist ... he should be in for 20 years, take a life ... disgusting, some liberal a-hole judge I would assume

Avatar By: Main1323
8/8/2012 2:45 PM

1 Year Is Ridiculous. That's Nothing For One Texting And Two Killing Someone. His Prison Sentence Should Have Been In The Range Of 20 Years. Any Other States The Consequences Would Have Been WAY Stiffer , And I Know But I Took A Class On Automobiles And Safety With The Fines And Charges Of Drinking And Driving , Texting And Driving Blah Blah Blah. Bottom Line That's Not Enough Time In My Opinion , A Text Message For A Life And I Bet He Doesn't Even Feel Bad , I'm Sure All He Could Say Was " I'm Sorry "

Avatar By: TibTibs
8/8/2012 3:01 PM

I'm 25, and I'm down right uncomfortable texting while driving.. I rarely respond to anything if I'm on the road, and if I do, I attempt to type "driving" one handed and hit send. I try not to even talk on the phone while I'm driving, and if I have to, I make it as short as possible. As for the kid, I agree that he deserves the consequences he got, maybe a little more. It's sad that he has to be the example so that others can learn, but he made a bad decision. As for the person or persons saying the family should sue the sh*t out of him when he gets out of jail... I personally think that mentality is why our society is so messed up. Everyone has this idea that they should sue everyone for making mistakes.. I agree that this is a severe mistake, but since when did it become okay to ruin someone elses life for your own gain, simply because they made a mistake.

Avatar By: thecobrahunter
8/8/2012 4:44 PM

This punk got off lightly. Should have gotten at least 5 years with no chance of parole! Did he accidentally start texting? Did he unintentionally start texting? Of course not! He new exactly what he was doing. He new exactly what the consequences could be texting while driving. AND he did it anyway!

Avatar By: GRDPuck
8/8/2012 5:11 PM

A hard lesson for this teenager. A good lesson for everyone else. Don't text & drive!

Avatar By: bB2NER
8/8/2012 5:31 PM

How is texting while driving EVER an Accident? It was a CRASH that killed and maimed. Stop making excuses for the kid please. I like the idea of execution to send out a loud message. Text while driving and you die. Simple I also blame the cell phone companies for not coming up with technology to make it so phones can not text out when in motion.

Avatar By: GasHappy94
8/8/2012 6:11 PM

He totally deserved a longer punishment, I'm 17 and I realize the danger of texting while driving, I don't do it, neither should anybody else. I have no desire to take a life and I will do anything possible to keep me as well as everyone else on the road safe.

Avatar By: dcmaidens
8/8/2012 7:35 PM

He took someones life and all he gets is a year!! WTF is wrong with our justice system? When you get behind that wheel, you are responsible for every action of that vehicle. He decided to text and distract himself from safe and reasonable operation, thus allowing the vehicle to move without due prejudice... in my mind this is murder. Sickening news.

Avatar By: 97cavie24ls
8/8/2012 8:18 PM

took some time to eat and think about this whole thing , 1year is way to short for prison time , i think 10years woulda be just ! and maybe parole after 6-7 years , only if he has been in good standing . 15year suspension , i think is kinda lopsided to go with the 1year , but i think 10year suspension AFTER he gets released , and AFTER taking a defensive driving class or no drivers license no if and or buts . i think our state , local and federal government are also part to blame , since i did come from a time when schools had drivers training , and i still feel it should be mandatory in schools , while it is still possible this tragedy could have happened even with the schooling , i think its more likely to not have happened , or possible that someone could have had a last reaction making things less severe . i also think parents should be able to get something from the phone companies that will disable the phones while the car is running .

Avatar By: GaryGee
8/8/2012 9:37 PM

Give him more time, how long is the 55 yo families sentence?

Avatar By: GaryGee
8/8/2012 9:54 PM

Hey BidJ5, at what age does the perpetrator stop being a child and take responsibility for their actions?

Avatar By: grailph
8/8/2012 10:20 PM

That question should be asked to the family that the man left behind.

Avatar By: MATADOR1
8/9/2012 6:44 AM

It has been proven beyond any dought that you cannot multitask. To multitask one must be able two do multipul things as quick as they can do one single thing and nobody can. I have been behind driver just talking on the phone doing 20 in a 50 mph zone and they wonder why they got rear ended and usually by someone on the phone. I have heard people laugh about being on the phone talking and then wondering where they are and how they got there.

Avatar By: Paulie_Batters
8/9/2012 1:06 PM

A year is too short of a sentence. A street racer would have gotten far worse punishment. I'm tired of all these poeple (young and old alike) thinking that this is okay, or this can't happen to me. I have noticed that a lot of these distracted driving accidents didn't come about until after texting went mainstream. In my years of driving I have also noticed that people these days are not as coordinated as they should be. Remember when fathers or mothers could beat 3 kids sitting in the back seat, yell at a 4th and still keep the car in the same lane with the flow of traffic?

Avatar By: bebenecio
8/9/2012 8:29 PM

I think it's a totally baseless sentence. 1 year?? How about the man that was killed?? when is he going to be able to return to his life??and his family and loved ones?? Will they be able to share their lives with him in one year?? This is ridiculous, if the same person at 17 grabs a gun and shoots and kills any less different?? This is the same controversy that people have had with DUI and look at the stories. People get behind the wheel of a vehicle and think they can drive drunk, jacked up on drugs, text, talk with the phone glued to their ear, or whatever else they do instead of just driving, and they believe that there is nothing wrong with it. Somehow the message must get across. If your driving, your driving. If you want to text or drink or get high, stay put and do it, but don't drive. Why do innocent people have to put up with egotistical stupidity.

Avatar By: 442MUCH-A
8/9/2012 11:09 PM

Perhaps a better sentence would be that he would have to attend an emergency room 5 days a week for a year. Watch as battered bodies come through the door night after night and see the pain it brings to people's loved ones. Perhaps he would learn very quickly that there are repercussions to being careless. Or do we just want revenge for a stupid mistake and ruin his life as well. I'm sure we've never done stupid things in our lives, have never really broken the law by speeding or talking on our phones. Maybe we were perfect, or lucky, but stupid and got away with it. It's not like he planned to kill so saying it's the same as a scum bag shooting people robing a store is not the same. That would be a different story. I'm not condoning what he did. He did something stupid that took another person's life and that will stay with him for the rest of his life. Hopefully we do not destroy another life and can teach the boy to become a responsible human being and a contributing member of society and a good citizen. If we don't care about all that and just want revenge, then this kid is really in trouble and society is in trouble with him.

Avatar By: ChunkeeOne
8/10/2012 1:15 AM

A tough subject to comment on... My UNprofessional opinion would be 2 years in jail and probation for ten... and as for the fifteen years of a suspended license? Well, bike riding is coming back into style junior! Seriously, His age doesn't matter to me, nor do I think he should get longer than 2 years in jail, because an accident is an accident, regardless of the end of someone's life. I don't say that lightly, mind you. I have had close personal experience with someone dying in an "accident" such as this. And as far as most people are concerned, there is never enough "justice" following a death. In a situation like this though, honestly guys, you have to think as if you were in that little dumbass's parents shoes. And I mean Really think about it. That being said... I, myself, never text while driving because I am not a f*cking idiot! I will only talk on the phone if I am using hands free and that is rare. I have been tapped or hit by enough of these people to be paranoid. My ex totaled 3 cars within a six month period because of her phone. As much asi would like to say that better schooling and parenting would help, I just don't see anything stopping them but the law.

Avatar By: FstrTib
8/11/2012 4:19 PM

BigJ5...... you disgust me you bleeding heart puke. You are no longer a child when you take on the responsibility of driving a motor vehicle on the public streets. The fact that you can even entertain a notion that society is at fault and not the "child" for the death of an innocent man and woman, is just completely retarded...... you sir, would not say that were it your 5 year old sitting in the car and you found out some rich punk or any asshat that was texting in his or her vehicle and could give 2 s**ts about your life or the life of anyone you held dear to your heart for that matter, as long as he got to read or send that all important text out to discuss that all important he said she said text. 1yr jail sentence is completely laughable, 5-10 is more like it, along with a permanent revokation of his liscence. He chose the path of stupidity and ignored common sence of the latter, I feel no compassion for those who have no regards for others while driving. I am a staunch Eye For An Eye advocate as a biker. You dont see us texting and talkin on our f**king phones...... so please spout another bleeding heart reason why this piece of garbage should be givin another chance at redemption or rehabilitationor any other form of wrist slapping punishment you deem suitable. I'm sorry folks but it's time we let the bad guys burn for their crimes and stop feeling sorry for them , while the families of those who have lost dearly are the ones left paying for life

Avatar By: ruthless77
9/11/2012 9:20 PM

HaHa good job he should of got 15 years in jail


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