The parents of a motorcyclist killed in a traffic crash with an American diplomat’s wife are urging the woman to return to Britain. Harry Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, made their case directly to American audiences at a news conference on Monday in New York.
Their 19-year-old son was killed in August when his motorcycle collided with a car outside a British air force base in southern England used by the U.S. military. Anne Sacoolas subsequently left Britain. The U.K. says she has lost diplomatic immunity. Sacoolas says in a statement from her lawyers that she is “devastated.” Her whereabouts are uncertain. Tim Dunn also talked on ”CBS This Morning,” where he recalled speaking to his son for the last time at the gruesome crash scene.
British media are reporting that the wife of an American official who left the U.K. after being involved in a fatal road accident no longer has diplomatic immunity. BBC and Sky News said Sunday that U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had told the family of Harry Dunn that “immunity is no longer pertinent” because the suspect has left the U.K. The Foreign Office declined to comment. The accident reportedly took place near RAF Croughton, a British military base near Oxford, on August 27, when a car collided with 19-year-old Harry Dunn’s bike. Anne Sacoolas, 42, the diplomat’s wife, is the prime suspect in the case and the police were preparing to arrest and interrogate the woman but before it could happen, she left for the US.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier urged the diplomat’s wife to return to the UK to face investigation, adding that he will raise the issue with the White House if needed. Johnson was not in favor of using “the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose”. Though the US embassy was apprehensive about the call to waive the diplomatic immunity.