US woman appears via videolink in UK in fatal accident case

September 29, 2022 GMT
From left, the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, Tim Dunn, father, stepmother Tracey Dunn, Charlotte Charles, mother and stepfather Bruce Charles leave Westminster Magistrates' Court, London, Thursday Sept. 29, 2022, where US citizen Anne Sacoolas, 45, appeared in a British court via videolink. The court granted her unconditional bail and scheduled the next hearing for Oct. 27. Sacoolas has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn. He was killed in a collision with a car outside an air base in eastern England in 2019.  (James Manning/PA via AP)
From left, the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, Tim Dunn, father, stepmother Tracey Dunn, Charlotte Charles, mother and stepfather Bruce Charles leave Westminster Magistrates' Court, London, Thursday Sept. 29, 2022, where US citizen Anne Sacoolas, 45, appeared in a British court via videolink. The court granted her unconditional bail and scheduled the next hearing for Oct. 27. Sacoolas has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn. He was killed in a collision with a car outside an air base in eastern England in 2019.  (James Manning/PA via AP)
From left, the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, Tim Dunn, father, stepmother Tracey Dunn, Charlotte Charles, mother and stepfather Bruce Charles leave Westminster Magistrates' Court, London, Thursday Sept. 29, 2022, where US citizen Anne Sacoolas, 45, appeared in a British court via videolink. The court granted her unconditional bail and scheduled the next hearing for Oct. 27. Sacoolas has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn. He was killed in a collision with a car outside an air base in eastern England in 2019.  (James Manning/PA via AP)
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From left, the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, Tim Dunn, father, stepmother Tracey Dunn, Charlotte Charles, mother and stepfather Bruce Charles leave Westminster Magistrates' Court, London, Thursday Sept. 29, 2022, where US citizen Anne Sacoolas, 45, appeared in a British court via videolink. The court granted her unconditional bail and scheduled the next hearing for Oct. 27. Sacoolas has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn. He was killed in a collision with a car outside an air base in eastern England in 2019. (James Manning/PA via AP)
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From left, the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, Tim Dunn, father, stepmother Tracey Dunn, Charlotte Charles, mother and stepfather Bruce Charles leave Westminster Magistrates' Court, London, Thursday Sept. 29, 2022, where US citizen Anne Sacoolas, 45, appeared in a British court via videolink. The court granted her unconditional bail and scheduled the next hearing for Oct. 27. Sacoolas has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving in the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn. He was killed in a collision with a car outside an air base in eastern England in 2019. (James Manning/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — An American woman who fled the U.K. claiming diplomatic immunity after she was involved in a fatal traffic accident has appeared in a British court via videolink — an apparent breakthrough in the long-deadlocked case.

Anne Sacoolas, 45, was accompanied by her lawyer during the 6-minute hearing Thursday at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, speaking only to confirm her name. The court granted her unconditional bail and scheduled the next hearing for Oct. 27.

Sacoolas was charged with causing death by dangerous driving after an August 2019 accident in which 19-year-old Harry Dunn was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car outside RAF Croughton, an air base in eastern England that is used by U.S. forces.

Sacoolas and her husband, who had been a U.S. intelligence officer at the air base, returned to America days after the accident. The U.S. government invoked diplomatic immunity on her behalf, prompting an outcry in Britain.

Dunn’s family has met with politicians in the U.K. and the U.S. to demand that Sacoolas face justice in a British court. But American authorities rejected Britain’s extradition request.