UK prosecutors have said a court hearing for a US citizen who left Britain after being involved in an accident that killed a teenage motorcyclist has been called off
Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service announced last month that the case against Anne Sacoolas would be heard by Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London on January 18 – an apparent breakthrough in this deadlocked case.
At the time, the law firm representing Sacoolas denied that she had agreed to appear in a UK court.
The prosecution said Friday that the hearing had been “released” – withdrawn from the calendar – “to allow the continuation of the discussions underway between the CPS and the legal representatives of Anne Sacoolas”.
Sacoolas has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in the death of Harry Dunn, 19, who was killed in a collision with a car outside RAF Croughton, an air base in the east of the ‘England used by US forces, August 2019.
Sacoolas returned to the United States a few days later and the United States government invoked diplomatic immunity on her behalf, causing an uproar in Britain.
Dunn’s family lobbied British and American politicians to bring Sacoolas to British justice, but an extradition request was refused by American authorities.
Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger said: “Harry’s family are obviously looking forward to Tuesday’s hearing, so they are hopeful that a deal will be reached as soon as possible.”
“It is of vital importance to their mental health that justice and closure are delivered quickly,” he said.