Change of plea expected in fatal Plainfield school bus accident

  • People arrive at the Sanderson Academy elementary school where a gathering of friends, family and community members was held Sunday, October 30, for 9-year-old Summer Steele, of Plainfield who was killed by her school bus Friday, October 28. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Superintendent Michael Buoniconti at Sanderson Academy in Ashfield talks about how the local community is handling the death of 9 year old Summer Steele.

  • On Oct. 28, Summer Steele, a third-grader at Sanderson Academy, died in a school bus accident on Oct. 28. School Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is looking into creating "Summer's Law" to prevent future tragedies. Contributed photo.

Friday, September 08, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — A change of plea is expected Friday in the case of a school bus driver involved in an accident in which a Plainfield girl was killed in October 2016.

Tendzin Parsons of Hawley is due in Northampton District Court at 9 a.m., Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney’s office said Thursday night.

Parsons was arraigned May 12 on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide in connection with the death of Summer Steele, 9, of Plainfield. He pleaded not guilty.

Parsons was released on condition that he not operate a motor vehicle, surrender his passport and not leave the commonwealth without the permission of the probation department.

Summer, a student at Sanderson Academy, died from injuries she suffered after becoming caught in the door of the school bus Parsons was driving the afternoon of Oct. 28. 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.​