Dec 14, 2021 - World

Prosecutors: American Anne Sacoolas to face U.K. court over teen's death

Floral tributes on the B4031 outside RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire, where Harry Dunn, 19, died when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision in August.
A roadside tribute is left near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, U.K., where Harry Dunn, 19, died when his motorbike was involved in a head-on collision in August. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images

Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat accused of killing a British teenager while driving on the wrong side of the road in England, will face criminal proceedings in January, U.K. prosecutors said Monday.

The big picture: Sacoolas was charged in December 2020 with "causing death by dangerous driving" over the August 2019 crash that killed 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn near RAF Croughton, an air force base in the East Midlands used by the U.S. military.

What to watch: It's unclear whether Sacoolas will appear for the Jan. 18 hearing at the Westminster Magistrates' Court.

  • A spokesperson for the U.K. Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement to news outlets, "While the challenges and complexity of this case are well known, we remain committed to securing justice in this matter."

What they're saying: A spokesperson for Sacoolas' lawyers, Arnold & Porter, denied to the Washington Post that she would appear via video, as U.K. news outlets had reported.

  • "While we have always been willing to discuss a virtual hearing, there is no agreement at this time," the spokesperson said.
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