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May 29, 2012

Prosecutor: Teen texted 193 times the day of fatal crash

HAVERHILL — During today's texting-while-driving trial of a Haverhill teenager, the prosecutor said the teen sent and received 193 texts the day his car collided with another vehicle.

Prosecutor Ashlee Logan said phone records show several of those texts happened close to the time of the crash. The crash caused injuries to a New Hampshire man who later died.

During her opening arguments today to a jury of three men and three women in Haverhill District Court, Logan held up a photo of Donald Bowley of Danville, the driver who died about two weeks after the crash. Logan also held up a photo of the cars after they collided. Bowley's relatives began to weep as the photos were shown.

Aaron Deveau, 18, of Haverhill is the first person in Massachusetts charged with texting while driving and causing injury. He also faces a charge of motor vehicle homicide.

Investigators said Deveau's car collided head-on with Bowley's vehicle Feb. 20, 2011, on River Street in Haverhill.

During his opening arguments, defense lawyer Joseph Lussier encouraged the jury to listen closely to all testimony and avoid forming opinions based on emotion.

The trial is set to continue tomorrow and then to break for the rest of the week, resuming Monday.

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A complete report will appear in tomorrow's Eagle-Tribune.

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