Trial date set for bus driver accused of accidentally killing third grader

Tendzin Parsons due back in court in December, before trial date in February

Tendzin Parsons, 70, of Hawley, is seen here during his arraignment in Northampton District Court on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in the death of 9 year-old Summer Steele.

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.

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

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.

No change of plea for school bus driver charged in girl’s death

The incident was investigated by the Plainfield Police and various divisions of the Massachusetts State Police.​