US citizen Anne Sacoolas is due to face criminal proceedings in the UK charged with causing Harry Dunn’s death by dangerous driving.
The 44-year-old is accused of killing the teenager in a road crash outside US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27 2019.
The Sacoolas case will be heard at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on January 18, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
It was understood she will appear via video-link from the US, although a spokesperson for the law firm representing Anne Sacoolas said: “While we have always been willing to discuss a virtual hearing, there is no agreement at this time.”
Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by the US government following the collision, and was able to leave the UK 19 days after the incident.
The CPS reached the decision to charge Anne Sacoolas with causing Mr Dunn’s death by dangerous driving in December 2019.
Mr Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, told the PA news agency her family were feeling “very emotional” after hearing the news.
She said: “My family and I are feeling very emotional and overwhelmed, having just learned the news that Mrs Sacoolas is now to face our justice system.
“It is all that we asked for following Harry’s death.”
Welcome news that Anne Sacoolas will face a UK court. We continue to support the family to get justice for Harry Dunn.— Liz Truss (@trussliz) December 13, 2021
A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: “While the challenges and complexity of this case are well known, we remain committed to securing justice in this matter.
“The case will be heard at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 18 January.
“Anne Sacoolas has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice any proceedings.”