Westfield woman arraigned on motor vehicle homicide and other charges in August pedestrian death in South Hadley


Erin M. O’Connor, 38, of Westfield, was arraigned in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Nov. 26 on charges of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, operating a motor vehicle while sending/reading an electronic message and a crosswalk violation in connection with the  Aug. 29, 2018  pedestrian death of Michihiro Yoshida in South Hadley.

O’Connor was released on her personal recognizance and is due back in court on Jan. 18, 2019 for a pre-trial hearing.

Based upon the findings from a joint investigation by the South Hadley Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police Detectives Unit attached to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, and the Massachusetts State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section (CARS), O’Connor is alleged to have failed to slow or stop her vehicle as Yoshida crossed College Street in a crosswalk.  O’Connor is also alleged to have been using her cellphone at the time of the crash.