US diplomat’s wife ‘told Harry Dunn she would get help before waving down car and comforting her children’ following crash that killed him

US diplomat’s wife ‘told Harry Dunn she would get help before waving down car and comforting her children’ following crash that killed him

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THE wife of a US diplomat involved in the crash that killed motorcyclist Harry Dunn told him she would get help after the collision, it was reported last night.

Anne Sacoolas is then said to have waved down a passing driver after the horror crash so she could comfort her own children.

Anne Sacoolas was initially granted diplomatic immunity
Anne Sacoolas was initially granted diplomatic immunity
Harry was just 19-years-old when he was killed in the crash
Harry Dunn was just 19-years-old when he was killed in the crash

A source close to Sacoolas told Sky News she takes responsibility for the smash and wants to meet Harry’s parents to say sorry.

The source said she accepts she was driving on the wrong side of the road and is “terribly, terribly sorry for that tragic mistake”.

Sacoolas is said to have stayed at the scene after the crash outside a Northants RAF base told Harry she would call for help.

According to the source, Mrs Sacoolas stayed at the scene until the ambulance had arrived and police then said she could leave.

Earlier we told how Harry’s mum sobbed as she revealed she promised the teen justice on his deathbed.

Devastated Charlotte Charles, 44, and Tim Dunn, 50, touched down in New York on Sunday ahead of a potential meeting with Sacoolas.

Harry Dunn’s mum Charlotte today broke down as she begged a US diplomat involved in the crash to return to the UK
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Charlotte has travelled to the US to find answers
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Sacoolas claimed immunity and fled back to the US after allegedly killing Harry, 19, while driving on the wrong side of the road outside on August 27.

But on Sunday, the UK’s Foreign Office said Sacoolas, 42, is no longer covered by diplomatic immunity – because she is now in the US.

Sobbing Charlotte today said she should be brought back to the UK to face justice, saying: “It’s the right thing to to do. It’s the humane thing to do.”

Charlotte said Mrs Sacoolas should also do so to set an example of moral behaviour to her own children.

She added: “She needs to do the right thing and come back and face what she has done.

“Face our family. Face the UK justice system.

“She needs to set an example to her own children. You can’t run away when she has done something this terrible.”

And she told how she promised the teen justice as he lay dying in hospital following the “fireball” crash.

She said: “We shouldn’t be suffering like this. It should have been an open and shut case. The evidence is extremely clear what happened.

“We’ve been told that there is CCTV evidence showing her leaving RAF Croughton on the wrong side of the road and that CCTV follows her all the way down the road on the wrong side of the road and you see Harry’s headlight of his motorbike and then there is a big fireball when his bike went up.

“So it should have been a clear-cut case. It should have been simple and I promised Harry and we promised Harry as a family when we’d lost him that night, when we were talking to him in the hospital when we’d lost him already, that we would make sure justice was done.”

Describing her pain at losing her son, Charlotte said she has been unable to cry as she is not able to understand “this whole situation”.

She added: “All of our grief has gone on hold, it’s coming out in other horrific ways, your legs feel like lead, you’re in pain morning until night that no pain killers can take away.”

The mum also revealed Sacoolas’ children were in the car at the time and must also be “suffering”, adding: “Our lad wasn’t a little lad, the car was extremely damaged as well as Harry.”

Charlotte continued: “She is suffering, her children must be suffering. Two of them were in the car and that’s horrific.

“We’re not inhumane. We don’t wish her any harm but we need to hear it from her in her own words  . . .  on our terms in the UK. Hearing it from a statement, seven weeks in, is a little too little, too late.”

Her pain was echoed by dad Tim, who appealed to US President Donald Trump to help bring the US diplomat’s wife back to the UK.

He said: “I would say to him as a man, as a father, how could you let this happen, if you are a father and your child died surely you’d want that person to own up and take responsibility?


“I’ve always wanted to ask her if she could explain the moment of the crash, find out if she comforted Harry, if she spoke to Harry, find out what her movements were, did she try and call the emergency services, or I don’t know.

“I’m just struggling because I can’t imagine my lad being in the ditch and not having any comfort from anybody until the ambulance and police turn up ‘X’ minutes later.

“She didn’t mean to have an accident, but you cannot walk away from that and just leave and expect nothing to happen. Our boy died and he deserves to have some justice.”

Family spokesman Radd Seiger said the parents will only meet her if she promises to come back to the UK and face the consequences.

Harry’s dad Tim today broke down at he told CBS about his son’s final moments.

He said: “Yes (he was conscious) when I got there the paramedics were just putting him onto the stretcher pulling him out of the grass verge.

“I could see broken bones out of his arms, he was talking; he knew (I was there).

“I called over and said Harry it’s your dad, they’re going to fix you. Be calm let them help you

“I said ‘Harry, they’re going to sedate you now, it’s for the best, you’re going to be OK’.
“We’ll see you later in hospital. And then they sedated him that was the last time I saw him.

Dad Tim was also emotional at a press conference in New York
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Harry’s parents touch down in New York yesterday

The heartbroken parents now believe they are “stepping in the right direction” and hope to have a face-to-face meeting with Sacoolas.

They also want to meet US President Donald Trump to vent their fury at the handling of the case.

Their son Harry, 19, died seven weeks ago when Sacoolas, 42, allegedly smashed into his motorbike while driving her Volvo outside RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire.

She claimed immunity in the wake of the fatal crash because her husband Jonathan worked in intelligence the base.

When it emerged that Sacoolas no longer had this protection, the American finally broke her silence and offered to meet with Harry’s family to “express her deepest sympathies and apologies”.

But Charlotte told Sky News that “sorry just doesn’t cut it” and “that’s not really quite enough”.

The Sun Says

IT seems that “sorry” is not the hardest word, after all, for Anne Sacoolas.

With the news that she no longer has diplomatic immunity over the car crash which killed Brit Harry Dunn, 19, in August, the US intelligence officer’s wife broke her silence yesterday.

Mrs Sacoolas’s lawyers said she wanted to meet Harry’s family “to express her deepest sympathy and apologies”.

Understandably, Harry’s parents Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn were less than impressed as they flew to America yesterday in search of justice, and Charlotte said: “As it’s nearly seven weeks now since we lost our boy, sorry just doesn’t cut it.”

If the “devastated” Mrs Sacoolas truly does appreciate the pain Harry’s loss has caused, she will hopefully admit she was wrong to flee England, return and let police continue their investigations.

In the meantime, we hope a meeting with Harry’s parents will help them on the way towards some sort of closure.

It’s the very least they deserve.

Earlier, they were handed the letter from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirming Sacoolas does not have immunity.

The letter said: “The UK government’s position is that immunity, and therefore any question of waiver, is no longer relevant in Mrs Sacoolas’ case, because she has returned home.

“The US have now informed us that they too consider that immunity is no longer pertinent.”

The letter goes on to say the police and the CPS would now take the case forward.

And Tim Dunn said Mr Raab’s letter was “excellent news”.

Harry’s family had appealed to Mr Raab to intervene in the case but were told the US government had twice refused requests for Sacoolas‘ immunity to be waived.

Mum Charlotte had previously described Sacoolas’ protection as an “abuse of diplomatic immunity”.

Anne Sacoolas issues statement through her lawyers

“Anne is devastated by this tragic accident. No loss compares to the death of a child and Anne extends her deepest sympathy to Harry Dunn’s family.

“The media reporting has been inaccurate in many respects. To begin with, Anne fully cooperated with the police and the investigation.

“She spoke with authorities at the scene of the accident and met with the Northampton police at her home the following day. She will continue to cooperate with the investigation.

“Anne would like to meet with Mr Dunn’s parents so that she can express her deepest sympathies and apologies for this tragic accident.

“We have been in contact with the family’s attorneys and look forward to hearing from them.”

Speaking to The Sunday Times, she told how the last time she saw her son alive was when he rode past her on the motorbike as she made her way home from work.

She said: “I put my hand up and I smiled to myself and thought: ‘I’ll see you in a couple of hours’.

“The next time I saw him was a few hours later. But he was lying dead in the hospital.”

Charlotte revealed her tragic son “broke” his body in the devastating crash – but his £700 helmet left his “beautiful” face unscathed.

She has hit out at Sacoolas for fleeing the country without giving answers – and said the nightmare ordeal has affected Harry’s twin brother Niall the most.


THE 1961 Vienna Convention makes foreign diplomats and their families immune from prosecution in their host country.

Those who hold that status cannot be automatically charged with a crime — but immunity can be waived by the state that has sent them following an appeal from the Foreign Office.

The immunity only usually covers those based in London, but a special deal with the US extended that to RAF Croughton.

Charlotte told the newspaper: “It’s inhumane. It’s not right.

“It’s not just a clear-cut case of driving on the wrong side of the road, ‘Oops, sorry!’ A life has been taken.”

Northamptonshire Police have now passed a file to the CPS to decide on whether to prosecute her for causing death by dangerous driving.

Downing Street last week said the case was “extremely concerning” and urged the US to “reconsider their position” so “the justice process can take place”.

The letter sent to Harry’s family by the Foreign Office
PA:Press Association
The parents held back tears as they spoke about their son
Harry’s parents, Charlotte and Tim, were left tearful when speaking about their son on This Morning
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Charlotte wipes away tears after leaving the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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Harry was killed outside the RAF base
Harry was killed outside the RAF base

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