UK family resolve civil claim against U.S. diplomat’s wife over crash death By Reuters
© Reuters. Near the entry of RAF Croughton in Croughton (near Brackley), Britain, is pictured a banner and a memorial for Harry Dunn, a British teenage who was killed in a traffic accident. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers
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LONDON (Reuters) – The family of a British teenager killed in a car crash involving a U.S. diplomat’s wife said on Tuesday they had reached a resolution in a civil damages claim over the 2019 accident, and could now focus on a separate criminal case.
Harry Dunn (19 years old) died in a motorcycle collision with Anne Sacoolas’ car near RAF Croughton. This air base is located in Northamptonshire and used by the U.S. Military.
Sacoolas fled Britain immediately after the incident, claiming diplomatic immunity against criminal prosecution. Her extradition has been denied by the U.S.
Their son’s family, supported by the British government has campaigned to get justice. On Monday, Liz Truss (foreign minister) raised the issue with Antony Blinken, U.S. secretary of state.
Radd Seiger, a family spokesperson said that the “resolution to the civil claim” had been achieved between the parties. However, he did not give details about the outcome.
Dunn’s relatives claim that Sacoolas drove on the wrong side at the time of collision.
Sacoolas will not be returning to jail for “a horrible, but unintentional accident”, according to her 2020 lawyer.
Dominic Raab (then-British Foreign Minister) stated that it was possible for British authorities see if a virtual or other procedure involving Sacoolas would allow for “some accountability, some solace, and some justice” for the Dunn Family.
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