Servicewoman, 23, could face military tribunal in the United States over the death of a 33-year-old motorcyclist in a crash in Norfolk

Servicewoman, 23, could face military tribunal in the US over the death of a 33-year-old motorcyclist following an accident in Norfolk – in the event of echoes from Harry Dunn

  • US Airman First Class Mikayla Hayes, 23, was arrested after a car crash on Friday
  • She was charged with the careless driving death of motorcyclist Matthew Day, 33
  • His bike and a red Honda collided near Downham Market, Norfolk last Friday
  • The US Air Force wants a military trial for Hayes, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk
  • Hayes released on bail after appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today

Mikayla Hayes, 23, leaves Westminster Magistrates’ Court after being released on bail for death by reckless driving

A US servicewoman based at an English air base could face military tribunal in the United States over the death of a motorcyclist following a car accident, a court has heard.

Airman First Class Mikayla Hayes, 23, based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, has been charged with causing the death of Matthew Day, 33, by careless driving following an accident in Norfolk.

She was released on bail today after appearing in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, but the US Air Force has asserted jurisdiction over the prosecution.

Mr Day died of his injuries after a red Honda Accord car collided with the Yamaha motorbike he was riding in the village of Southery, near Downham Market, on Friday August 26.

The incident happened in the constituency of Foreign Secretary and Conservative leadership candidate and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

Hayes, dressed in red pants and a white sweater, spoke only to confirm her name, date of birth and address when she appeared in the dock to face a single charge of causing death by reckless driving.

Prosecutor Caroline Gardner said the United States Air Force (USAF) served the Crown Prosecution Service with a certificate under the Visiting Force Act of 1952, which asserts its jurisdiction.

The case bears similarities to Harry Dunn, a teenage motorcyclist who was killed in an accident outside the US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire. The main suspect, Anne Sacoolas, fled to the United States and claimed diplomatic immunity as the wife of an American diplomat.

Airman First Class Mikayla Hayes (pictured left in court) who is based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, has been charged with causing the death of 33-year-old Matthew Day by reckless driving following a accident in Norfolk on Friday August 26th.

Airman First Class Mikayla Hayes (pictured left in court) who is based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, has been charged with causing the death of 33-year-old Matthew Day by reckless driving following a accident in Norfolk on Friday August 26th.

Prosecutor Caroline Gardner said the United States Air Force (USAF) served the Crown Prosecution Service with a certificate under the Visiting Force Act of 1952, which asserts its jurisdiction.

Prosecutor Caroline Gardner said the United States Air Force (USAF) served the Crown Prosecution Service with a certificate under the Visiting Force Act of 1952, which asserts its jurisdiction.

Mr Day died of his injuries after a red Honda Accord car collided with the Yamaha motorbike he was riding in the village of Southery, near Downham Market in Norfolk.

Mr Day died of his injuries after a red Honda Accord car collided with the Yamaha motorbike he was riding in the village of Southery, near Downham Market in Norfolk.

Flowers were left on the side of the A10 at Southery in Norfolk after the collision which led to the death of biker Matthew Day

Flowers were left on the side of the A10 at Southery in Norfolk after the collision which led to the death of biker Matthew Day

It is understood that, if granted, Hayes could face a US military tribunal.

But the prosecution will argue that she was not on duty or acting in the line of duty at the time of the incident, which allegedly took place as she was driving home from base. .

Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram adjourned the case to November 11 for a legal debate on the matter.

Major Keavy Rake, USAF Public Affairs Manager at RAF Lakenheath, said: “RAF Lakenheath is aware of the fatality resulting from a motor vehicle accident involving a US service member.

“We express our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.

“We are and will remain in full cooperation with Norfolk authorities during the investigation.”

Norfolk Police say officers were called to B1160 Lynn Road at its junction with Ferry Bank shortly after 4pm last Friday for a collision involving a red Yamaha motorbike and a red Honda Accord.

Hayes' passport must be retained by the US Air Force, she is not allowed to apply for documents for international travel, and she cannot leave England and Wales.

Hayes’ passport must be retained by the US Air Force, she is not allowed to apply for documents for international travel, and she cannot leave England and Wales.

Hayes was released on bail today after appearing in Westminster Magistrates' Court (pictured), but the US Air Force has asserted jurisdiction over the prosecution

Hayes was released on bail today after appearing in Westminster Magistrates’ Court (pictured), but the US Air Force has asserted jurisdiction over the prosecution

Hayes was arrested, charged and remanded in custody following a hearing at Norfolk Magistrates’ Court last week.

But she was released on bail by Mr Ikram on Wednesday with conditions of living at her home in Downham Market and being present at King’s Lynn police station every Saturday.

Hayes’ passport must be retained by the US Air Force, she is not allowed to apply for documents for international travel, and she cannot leave England and Wales.

The Interior Ministry said it could not comment on ongoing legal proceedings.

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