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Not guilty verdict for US servicewoman Mikayla Hayes after A10 fatal crash

Matthew Day suffered serious injuries in the crash and died later in hospital.

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A 25-year-old woman accused of causing the death of a motorcyclist by careless driving following a crash in Southery last year has been found not guilty. Mikayla Hayes, a US servicewoman, was driving home from work on 26 August 2022 when the collision happened on the A10 in Southery.

Hayes was at the junction with Lynn Road and attempting to turn right onto the A10 when her Honda Accord collided with a Yamaha motorcyclist.

The rider, 33-year-old Matthew Day, suffered serious injuries in the crash and died later in hospital.

Hayes was also taken to hospital for treatment where she was initially arrested for causing serious injury by careless driving. She was later arrested for causing death by careless driving and taken to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Hayes, of Snowdrop Grove, in Downham Market, was charged with causing death by careless driving which she denied.

Following a seven-day trial at Norwich Crown Court Hayes was acquitted on Thursday.

Detective Inspector Dave McCormack, who led the investigation, said: “Nothing can compensate Matthew’s family for their loss. We presented the best case and respect the jury’s decision.”

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