THE dad of a teen allegedly killed in a hit-and-run with a US diplomat’s wife has told how he cradled his dying son as he begged her to return to the UK.
Mum-of-three Sacoolas initially cooperated with police – but later claimed diplomatic immunity and fled the UK.
Harry’s heartbroken dad Tim has revealed how he rushed to the scene of the horror smash to comfort his son during his final moments.
He told This Morning: “I have a friend that works for our local fire brigade and fortunately for me he got hold of me and I got informed about Harry just after he’d had the crash.
“So I managed to see Harry, managed to speak to him and comfort him while the paramedics were doing their work.
He was struggling to breathe, so the paramedics said they would have to sedate him.
“I told him ‘the medics are going to sedate you to help you with your breathing, Harry, let them do that to help you’.”
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Sacoolas had been in the UK for three weeks when she allegedly smashed into Harry as he rode his motorbike outside the RAF base.
She was able to dodge justice 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.
The special arrangement has been in place as early as 1994 for this particular base, which is currently on lease to the American government.
It was today reported Sacoolas’ husband is not on the official diplomatic list and was protected under bilateral US-UK agreements covering spy bases.
Sacoolas and her husband sent their children to the same £19,000-a-year Winchester House private school where Harry’s dad Tim worked as a caretaker.
Harry’s parents have continued to demand answers – saying they were willing to go to America to fight for justice for their son.
Mum Charlotte Charles told the ITV show today: “We were shocked. Not only mother to mother, but to one set of parents to another. Why did she think it was kind or humane to get on a plane and flee?
“People can’t understand why you would just flee. We want to know why she thought it was the right thing to do.”
In another interview with the BBC today, devastated Charlotte said she wanted to grieve but felt in limbo with police unable to properly investigate the tragedy.
She said: “If we have to, we will go to Washington.
“We don’t want it to have to come to that. We just want to talk with her.
“We don’t understand how you can just get on a plane and leave behind the devastation she has without even facing us, or an apology of any kind.”
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Downing Street this week said the case was “extremely concerning” and urged the US to “reconsider their position” so “the justice process can take place”.
Urging the US to reconsider its decision to give immunity to the diplomat’s wife, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I do not think it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose.”
Northamptonshire Police have written to the US embassy in London to demand immunity is waived for Mrs Sacoolas, who left the UK after the crash despite telling officers she did not plan to do so.
A Foreign Office spokesman said Mr Raab had “reiterated his disappointment with the US decision and urged them to reconsider”.
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It comes after it was revealed the 42-year-old American had been previously rapped for “failing to pay attention” while driving in 2006.
But cops in the US state of Virginia — where the road offence took place — could not provide further details as files were destroyed a decade ago.
Harry’s family said they had received support from across the globe. with their GoFundMe page reaching its target.
GMB host Piers Morgan also blasted the situation, saying: “President Trump – get her on a plane and get her to come back and answer the questions.”
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Morgan doubled down on his comments from yesterday, where he said the “scandal” had “shamed” America.
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.