Hawley man arraigned in connection with Plainfield school bus fatality


Tendzin Parsons, 70, of Hawley was  arraigned in Northampton District Court, today May 12,  on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in connection with the death of 9-year-old Summer Steele of Plainfield on Oct. 28, 2016.

The defendant was released on the following conditions: Do not operate a motor vehicle, surrender passport forthwith, and do not leave the Commonwealth without the permission of the probation department. 

He is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial hearing July 13. 

Steele, who was a student at Sanderson Academy, died as a result of injuries she sustained after becoming caught in the door of the school bus Parsons was driving that afternoon.  She was pronounced dead at Berkshire Medical Center shortly before 5 p.m. that day.

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