Criminal charges in little girl’s school bus dragging death

The driver behind the wheel of a school bus that killed a nine-year-old Massachusetts girl has been charged in connection to her death.

According to WWLP, Tendzin Parsons, 70, of Hawley, Massachusetts, is facing a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide for the October death of Summer Steele.

In late October, Steele was getting off the school bus driven by Parsons when the doors closed on her as she was exiting, and the driver pulled away.  She was dragged with the bus for a distance before it struck her, and died after being transported to a hospital.

Steele was in third grade at Sanderson Academy. Parsons had been working for a private transportation company hired by the school district.

According to, several fellow students were on the bus at the time of the tragic incident.

Parsons is due in court for his arraignment on Friday.


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