Bus driver charged in accidental death of third grader due in court

Trial start date scheduled for February 26, 2018

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) –  Another pre-trial hearing is scheduled Friday for the man accused of accidentally killing a 9-year-old girl.

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

Tendzin Parsons is expected to be in Northampton District Court Friday. He faces one charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in connection to the death of 9-year-old Summer Steele of Plainfield.

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

Parsons was expected to plead guilty in September to that charge, but changed his plea after the judge informed him he would impose a one-year-sentence to the House of Correction.

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

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.