NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - 26-year-old Derek Graves of Williamsburg will serve 30 days in jail for his role in a deadly pedestrian crash in Northampton last Halloween.
Graves plead guilty Friday to a charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
According to the Northwestern District Attorney's office, Graves struck 35-year-old Pallav Parakh of Hatfield while he was crossing New South Street near the Academy of Music.
The D.A.'s office says the investigation revealed that the crosswalk was partially blocked by backed-up traffic, but Graves was still not paying adequate attention to the road.
The judge imposed a sentence of two years to the House of Correction, with 30 days to serve, and the balance of the sentence suspended for three years.
During that time, Graves will be on probation, and will be required to complete the Massachusetts Driver Retraining Program, attend and complete the “Brains at Risk” program, avoid incurring any traffic violations, and perform 150 hours of community service.
By law, Graves’s license to operate will be suspended for 60 days.