Bus driver charged in death of 9 year-old Plainfield girl

Tendzin Parsons charged with negligent motor vehicle homicide in death of Summer Steele

Courtesy: Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A bus driver is being charged with negligent motor vehicle homicide in connection to the death of a nine-year old girl in Plainfield last fall.

Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, told 22News that Tendzin Parsons, 70, of Hawley, will be arraigned Friday morning in Northampton District Court.

Carey says that on the afternoon of October 28th, nine-year-old Summer Steele was run over after becoming caught in the door of the bus Parsons was driving. She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where she died that evening.

Steele, a Plainfield resident, attended school at Sanderson Academy in Ashfield.

The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Superintendent said the week of Summer’s death that they would be working with the bus company out of Gill, FM Kuzmeskus, to make sure all drivers review safety measures.

“I’ve pushed this story to all the Superintendents who have been very responsive to this and many of them have forwarded this on to their bus companies as a reminder to be extremely careful when dropping children off to make sure the children have cleared the vehicle before they move the vehicle forward,” Superintendent Michael Buoniconti told 22News last October.