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Mass. teen’s sentence suspended in traffic death

June 19, 2013

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts teen who was making a food delivery when his car struck a pair of motorcyclists, killing one, has avoided jail.

Eighteen-year-old Jacob Earl of Buckland received a 2 ½-year suspended sentence on Tuesday after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide. The Recorder (http://bit.ly/19im78z ) reports he was also ordered to spend 100 hours talking to youth about the dangers of distracted driving.

Authorities say Earl was 17 and making a delivery for the sandwich shop where he worked last July when he struck two motorcyclists on Route 2 in Charlemont. One, 56-year-old Douglas Chouinard of Enfield, Conn., died.

Police say Earl had been sending or receiving text messages minutes before the crash. He denied texting at the time of the crash but said he had been distracted by a dashboard-mounted GPS.


Information from: The (Greenfield, Mass.) Recorder, http://www.recorder.com

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