NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A trial date has been set for the man accused of accidentally killing a 9-year-old girl when she got caught in the doors of the school bus he was driving.
Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Mary Carey told 22News, a jury trial start date of February 26, 2018 has been scheduled for 71 year-old Tendzin Parsons. Another pretrial hearing was also scheduled at Tuesday’s hearing for December 1.
Third-grader Summer Steele got caught in the school bus doors on October 28, 2016, after Parsons dropped her off from school. Steele was taken to Berkshire Medical Center, where she later died from her injuries.
Parsons originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide, but was expected to change that plea on September 8. He ultimately did not, after the judge told him he would impose a one-year sentence to the house of correction rather than a suspended sentence and probation.
The incident was investigated by the Plainfield Police and various divisions of the Massachusetts State Police.