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Chesterfield Driver Charged in Death of Hatfield Man

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) – The driver involved in a deadly collision with a Hatfield man on Halloween has been cited.

First Assistant District Attorney Steven E. Gagne says that the Northampton Police Department issued a citation Thursday to 25-year-old Derek Graves of Chesterfield, charging him with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation.

Graves was allegedly behind the wheel of his pickup truck on October 31 when he allegedly hit 35-year-old Dr. Pallav Parakh while he was crossing New South Street in a crosswalk.

Parakh died on Monday, November 5 from his injuries.

Gagne adds that Graves “now has the option of applying for a show-cause hearing before the Clerk Magistrate of the Northampton District Court, who will review the sufficiency of the evidence before a criminal complaint issues.”

Those hearings are typically held about 30 days after the citation was issued, assuming that the person requests a hearing.

Dr. Parakh practiced gastroenterology at Baystate Medical Practices in Greenfield. According to the Daily Hampshire Gazette, he leaves behind a wife and young daughter.

The charge, which is a misdemeanor, carries a maximum sentence of two and a half years in jail, a fine up to $3,000, and a 15-year loss of license, if convicted.