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Jury starts deliberations in trial of US servicewoman Mikayla Hayes accused of causing death of Matthew Day on A10 at Southery by careless driving





A jury has begun deliberations in the case of a US servicewoman who is accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving.

Airman first class Mikayla Hayes, who denies the offence and is on trial at Norwich Crown Court, had emerged from a side road across the path of Matthew Day when the crash happened.

The 25-year-old had been turning right, towards her home in Downham as she travelled back from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk where she worked.

Airman first class Mikayla Hayes arrives at Norwich Crown Court, Norfolk, where the US servicewoman denies causing the death of a motorcyclist, 33-year-old Matthew Day, by careless driving while travelling home from her base. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA
Airman first class Mikayla Hayes arrives at Norwich Crown Court, Norfolk, where the US servicewoman denies causing the death of a motorcyclist, 33-year-old Matthew Day, by careless driving while travelling home from her base. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA

She emerged from the B1160 Lynn Road across the path of 33-year-old Mr Day as he travelled south along the A10 at Southery on August 26 last year.

The father-of-one’s Yamaha motorbike struck her Honda Accord and he died of his injuries later that day.

Hayes said in evidence: “I still to this day have no idea why I didn’t see that motorcycle.”

Matthew Day, 33, died in the collision on the A10 at Southery. Picture: Norfolk Police
Matthew Day, 33, died in the collision on the A10 at Southery. Picture: Norfolk Police
The trial is being heard at Norwich Crown Court
The trial is being heard at Norwich Crown Court

Judge Alice Robinson sent jurors out to start considering their verdict on Thursday after she summed up the evidence in the case to them.

She earlier discharged one of the 12 jurors, who had been taken ill, explaining to the remaining 11 jurors that “sometimes it’s not possible to continue with 12 people”.



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