THE wife of US diplomat who fled Britain after claiming immunity has been revealed after the tragic hit-and-run death of a British teen.
Harry Dunn, 19, died when a motorist pulled out on the wrong side of the road and hit his motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.
Harry Dunn, 19, died when a car travelling on the wrong side of the road collided with his motorbike[/caption]
The other motorist in the collision, which occurred outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, is reported to be the wife of a US spy[/caption]
Emotional tributes have been paid to ‘precious’ Harry[/caption]
Sky News has named the woman as Anne Sacoolas.
They tweeted: “Sky News can reveal that 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas is the American diplomat’s wife who was involved in a fatal collision with 19-year-old Harry Dunn and then left the country claiming diplomatic immunity.”
DIPLOMAT’S WIFE NAMED
The 42-year-old mother-of-three initially cooperated with police but later claimed diplomatic immunity and left the UK.
She was able to do so after a special deal was put in place between the UK and the US which gives diplomats and their families based at RAF Croughton diplomatic immunity.
Usually, diplomatic immunity only covers those diplomats and their dependants based in London, reported Sky News.
“He was working at Croughton, which is a communications base, so he was working with intelligence which is, I guess, why it has been handled in the way that it has,” said Radd Seiger.
RAF Croughton is currently on lease to the American government and processes approximately one third of all US military communications in Europe.
Diplomatic immunity allows unhindered travel for government envoys and their families.
Sky News reported that the alleged driver was advised to leave the UK by the American Embassy.
An attempt by Northamptonshire Police to stop her leaving was declined, and the US Embassy has confirmed she’s no longer in the UK.
The teen’s family has begged the woman to return after the apparent “attempt to evade justice”.
Grieving mum Charlotte Charles said: “We are utterly devastated by Harry’s loss. He was such a precious young man who was loved by all who knew him.
“Our lives have been shattered and our only crumb of comfort is the news that Harry was riding perfectly safely that night. He was not at fault in any way.
“However, with the terrible news that the other driver has left the country, seemingly in an attempt to evade justice, we are totally deprived of the ability to grieve and our lives are now painfully on hold.
“I bear the other driver no ill will. She must be suffering too given what she did, but she must return to the UK to face justice. It is only at that point that my family and I will be able to begin to put our lives back together and move forward from this needless tragedy.’”
Harry’s father Tim Dunn said the pain of losing Harry was “unbearable”.
He added: “My son was taken from us at such a tender age doing what he loved doing the most in life.
“We call on the driver and the American authorities to have her come back to the UK to face the legal consequences of her dangerous driving that night.
“It is in no one’s interests for her not to do so and would set a terrible precedent if she does not return.”
APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT
The devastated family also issued a direct appeal to US President Donald Trump to help them in their fight for justice.
In a statement to Sky News, they said: “President Trump, please listen. We’re a family in ruin. We’re broken.
“We can’t grieve. Please, please let her get back on a plane.”
The case has prompted a response from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Last night, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “I wish to offer my condolences to the family affected by this tragic incident.
“I have called the US Ambassador to express the UK’s disappointment with their decision and to urge the Embassy to re-consider it.”
Paying tribute to Harry, mum Charlotte said: “Everyone loved him, we’re utterly broken inside and out.
“Everything hurts day and night, it’s an effort to do anything, I ache from it, every limb, every internal organ hurts.
“We don’t know how we can start to grieve for him.
“We have nothing. No justice.
“We have nothing to put our minds at rest that she’s even remorseful.”
Harry’s father, Tim Dunn, said: “We’re disgusted, appalled, how she could be having this cloak wrapped around her.
“I’m angry that someone could do this and then get on a plane and go. I can’t believe she’s living with herself.”
The family received a letter expressing “profound sadness” from the US ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson.
But efforts to contact her have been met with silence.
I have called the US Ambassador to express the UK’s disappointment with their decision and to urge the Embassy to re-consider it
Superintendent Sarah Johnson, Head of Operations for Northamptonshire Police, confirmed the 42-year-old American woman had left the country.
She said: “Northamptonshire Police followed all of its usual procedures following the incident, including liaising closely with the woman, who engaged fully with us at the time and had previously confirmed to us that she had no plans to leave the country in the near future.
“Due process was also followed in seeking the necessary documentation to allow for the arrest and formal interview of the woman, and the Force is now exploring all opportunities through diplomatic channels to ensure that the investigation continues to progress.
“We are also working closely with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in an effort to come to a resolution regarding this matter. “Harry Dunn’s family deserve justice and in order to achieve this, a full and thorough investigation, with the assistance of all parties involved, needs to take place.
“Northamptonshire Police is committed to ensuring justice for Harry and specially trained officers continue to support the Dunn family in their loss, including keeping them fully informed of all developments in the investigation.”
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In a statement, the US Embassy in London said: “We express our deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the family of the deceased in the tragic August 27 traffic accident involving a vehicle driven by the spouse of a US diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom.
“Embassy officials are in close contact with the appropriate British officials on this matter.
“Due to security and privacy considerations, we cannot confirm the identity of the individuals involved, but we can confirm the family has left the UK”.
Harry, seen in a social media photo, was killed while riding his motorbike in August[/caption]
Sky News has named the woman who was involved in the incident[/caption]
Harry’s mum Charlotte said she bears the other motorist no ill will, but has called on her to return to the UK[/caption]