Easthampton woman arraigned in pedestrian fatality


Ruby Schmid, 62, of Easthampton, was arraigned in Northampton District Court today on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a civil crosswalk infraction, in connection with a December 3, 2018 crash on Cottage Street in Easthampton that claimed the life of Denise Herzog, 63, of Easthampton.

Schmid was released by the Court on her personal recognizance, with the conditions not to operate a motor vehicle and not to leave the Commonwealth without permission from the Court. Schmid is due back in Court on April 18, 2019 for a Pretrial Hearing.

Negligent motor vehicle homicide is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 2 ½ years in the House of Correction. A conviction carries a 15-year loss of license.

Easthampton Police, Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services, and Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section investigated the collision.