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School bus driver charged in 9-year-old's dragging death

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Posted at 12:58 PM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-10 12:58:32-04

A school bus driver has been charged in the death of a 9-year-old Massachusetts girl who became trapped in the bus door.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that 70-year-old Tendzin Parsons, of Hawley, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Northampton District Court on a charge of negligent motor vehicle homicide.

Authorities say third-grader Summer Steele was getting off the bus in Plainfield last October when the doors closed on her. She was stuck in the door and dragged a short distance before the bus struck her.

She was taken to a hospital, where she died.

She was a student a Sanderson Academy in Ashfield.

It was not clear if the bus driver had a lawyer. A home number for Parsons could not immediately be located.