On the first anniversary of a motorcyclist’s death – and the release of a tribute by his family – police confirmed the trial of a US servicewoman in connection with the tragedy is still scheduled for December.
It is a year ago today (August 26) that Matthew Michael Day, 33, died in a crash on the Cambridgeshire/ Norfolk border on the A10 at Southery.
The father-of-one died of his injuries after a red Honda Accord collided with his Yamaha motorbike.
His family said: “It is a year ago since we lost you. A loving character who could make friends wherever he went.
“A devoted son, brother, devoted father to his daughter and partner. A motorcyclist who loved his bike and would take pride in taking care of it.
“For all who knew him and spent time in his life, we are all lucky to have had someone like Matthew in our lives.
“Unfortunately, we only have pictures, videos and memories left of you Matthew, but we can assure you, you will not be forgotten.
“Your daughter will grow up knowing she had a wonderful daddy, who is looking down on her and keeping her safe.
“We know you will not be coming back and are awaiting the trial in December. We all love you, Matthew.”
American first-class Mikayla Hayes, 24, of Snowdrop Drive, Downham Market, was charged with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.
She appeared at Norwich Crown Court in December 2022 where she entered a plea of not guilty and was bailed until 11 December 2023.
Hayes, 24, was travelling home from the American base at RAF Lakenheath at the time of the crash.
She is due to appear at Norwich Crown Court for a trial estimated to last up to seven days.
Initially Hayes requested a trial in a US military court but was this was overruled.
A district judge determined that Hayes was “simply travelling home after a day at work” when the crash happened.
The US Air Force (USAF) served the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) with a certificate under the 1952 Visiting Forces Act, to claim jurisdiction in the matter but this was rejected.
A US spokesperson from RAF Lakenheath has expressed “our deepest, most sincere condolences to the family of the deceased.
“We are and will remain in full co-operation with the authorities during the investigation.”
The crash happened on the B1160 Lynn Road at its junction with Ferry Bank.
Hayes remains on bail with conditions that include regular attendance at a police station and remain living at her Norfolk home.
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