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World Family of teen killed in crash with diplomat's wife says apology 'not strong enough'

08:35  15 october  2019
08:35  15 october  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

U.K. says U.S. diplomat's wife should face justice for fatal crash

  U.K. says U.S. diplomat's wife should face justice for fatal crash Family of teen killed in road accident and the British prime minister say American's diplomatic immunity should be waivedThat American woman, a U.S. diplomat's wife, was allowed to leave Britain under diplomatic immunity, however.

The family of Harry Dunn, a British teenager who was killed when the wife of an American diplomat crashed into his motorcycle in August , said they learned about the woman' s written apology through media reports on Monday and claimed she has yet to contact them directly.

The US diplomat ' s wife granted immunity after the crash which killed teenager Harry Dunn is "devastated by the tragic accident", her lawyer has said . Anne Sacoolas' legal representative, Amy Jeffress, said she would "continue to cooperate with the investigation".

The family of Harry Dunn, a British teenager who was killed when the wife of an American diplomat crashed into his motorcycle in August , said they learned about the woman's written apology through media reports on Monday and claimed she has yet to contact them directly.

Trump: We're going to 'see if we can do something' about fatal crash involving diplomat's wife

  Trump: We're going to 'see if we can do something' about fatal crash involving diplomat's wife The president said the woman was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash. "That can happen, those are the opposite roads," he said. "I won't say it ever happened to me, but it did."The story has reverberated in the United Kingdom, with the country's politicians joining the conversation. Dunn's parents told NBC News they were informed that the diplomat's spouse had gone back to the U.S. when they had a meeting with the police a couple of days after their son's funeral, which has left them "in shock.

THE heartbroken mum of a 19-year-old killed in a hit-and-run involving a US diplomat ' s wife has told her "sorry doesn't cut it". Cops believe Anne Sacoolas collided with Harry Dunn's motorbike as she drove for 400 yards on the wrong side of the road after leaving RAF Croughton, Northants., in August.

Parents of British teen killed in crash will only meet U.S. diplomat ’ s wife if she returns to Britain. Floral tributes lay on the roadside near RAF Croughton in central Following the crash , Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity, allowing her to avoid prosecution by returning home to the United States.

"She's had seven weeks now to try to contact us in any way possible and we've had nothing up until we got advice and reached out to a family friend who's an ex lawyer," Dunn's mother, Charlotte Charles, told ABC News on Monday. "I think she needs to just face what she's done. We're a normal family and we're not out for revenge."

Charles and Dunn's father, Tim Dunn, traveled to the U.S. this week in an effort get justice for their son.

Harry Dunn, 19, was riding his motorcycle along a roadway in the village of Croughton, England, on the night of Aug. 27, when a car traveling in the opposite direction on the wrong side of the road hit him head-on, killing him.

Parents of teen killed in car crash will travel to US to call for suspected driver's return to UK

  Parents of teen killed in car crash will travel to US to call for suspected driver's return to UK Harry Dunn's parents will travel to the US for a press conference Monday, a family spokesman said.Harry Dunn, 19, died in a crash August 27 in Croughton, Northamptonshire, home to a Royal Air Force station controlled by the US Air Force. UK police say the other driver was traveling on the wrong side of the road when their car collided with Dunn.

diplomat ' s wife , Anne Sacoolas, involved in the car crash which killed teenager Harry Dunn does not have diplomatic immunity, the Foreign Office says . The suspect, who is reportedly married to a US intelligence official, was granted diplomatic immunity after the crash and flew back to the States.

THE US diplomat ' s wife involved in a hit-and-run that killed Harry Dunn does not have diplomatic immunity, the Foreign Office says . British cops believe Anne Sacoolas collided with Harry's motorbike in her Volvo as she drove for 400 yards on the wrong side of the road after leaving RAF Croughton

Anne Sacoolas, 42, who is married to an American diplomat, admitted that she was responsible for the crash, but fled the U.K. to the U.S. after apparently claiming diplomatic immunity, which protects diplomats and their family members from prosecution or lawsuits under the host nation's laws.

She issued a statement through her lawyer, apologizing and saying she was "devastated by this tragic accident." But the teen's parents said the apology fell short.

"It's not strong enough," Charles said. "We have not actually been produced with the statement. But it's still only in black and white, isn't it? It's not her voice, it's not her coming to us and saying, 'I'm really sorry.'"

"We know she's going to be devastated, we know her children are going to be traumatized, but she still has her children and she's taken one of ours," she added.

Tim Dunn said he would have considered accepting her apology if it came "maybe a week after the accident or a few days afterwards."

Late teen's family wants US diplomat's wife to lose immunity

  Late teen's family wants US diplomat's wife to lose immunity The parents of British teenager who was killed in a traffic accident involving an American diplomat's wife are planning a trip to the United States as they lobby for the woman's legal immunity to be lifted. Harry Dunn was riding a motorcycle that collided with a car outside a British air force base in England. The August crash killed the 19-year-old Dunn.The diplomat's wife subsequently left Britain. His family appealed Saturday for anyone who saw her departure to share information.Dunn's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, say they are going to New York and Washington to build support and to pressure U.S.

An American diplomat ' s wife who was involved in a crash that killed a teenager in the United Kingdom is no longer covered by diplomatic immunity, according to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

The parents of a British teenager killed in a car crash involving a U.S. diplomat ' s wife vowed on Monday to keep fighting until they get justice for their son after the American woman returned to the United States following the accident. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn spoke to media in New York.

"Now, because she said the statement we feel like it's only because we've done what we have done. So, it sort of forced her to say the statement," Tim Dunn told ABC News.

Sacoolas left England about three weeks after the accident even though she allegedly told U.K. authorities that she would cooperate with the ongoing investigation. Her attorney, Amy Jeffress, said her client wants to meet with the family to apologize and take responsibility. Dunn's parents told ABC News that they would only meet with her if she returned to the U.K. to face the consequences of her actions.

Police intended to arrest and formally interview Sacoolas, and they are "now exploring all opportunities through diplomatic channels to ensure that the investigation continues to progress," according to Northamptonshire Police Superintendent Sarah Johnson.

"Our investigation into the death of Harry Dunn continues at pace," Johnson said in a statement Sunday. "Northamptonshire Police remains absolutely committed to getting Harry and his family justice and we are doing everything on our side to ensure that a full and thorough investigation, with the assistance of all parties involved, takes place, in order for this to be achieved."

UK says fatal crash suspect doesn't have diplomatic immunity

  UK says fatal crash suspect doesn't have diplomatic immunity 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.Dunn, 19, 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. The alleged car driver, Anne Sacoolas, who is married to a U.S. official, subsequently left Britain.

The father of a British teenager who was killed in vehicular crash with a U.S. diplomat ’ s wife recalled finding his son mortally injured at the scene Last week Sacoolas released a statement through a legal representative that expressed sympathy to the Dunn family . “Anne is devastated by this tragic accident.

The parents of a British teenager killed in a car crash involving a U.S. diplomat ' s wife vowed on Monday to keep fighting until they get justice for their son after the American Sacoolas left Britain under a claim of diplomatic immunity that has become a point of contention between the two countries.

In a recent letter to the parents, obtained by ABC News, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab explained that immunity "is no longer relevant" because Sacoolas has returned home to the United States. Raab said he and his staff have been "in constant discussions" with the U.S. government and Embassy officials since the deadly traffic accident occurred over the summer.

"We have pressed strongly for a waiver of immunity, so that justice can be done in Harry's case," the British foreign secretary wrote. "Whilst the U.S. government has steadfastly declined to give that waiver, that is not the end of the matter."

The family, who described their son as "loving" and a "free spirit," who would always stand up for what he believed in, said they were heartbroken beyond measure when they discovered that Sacoolas left the country.

"When she left the country, it made it feel like we lost him again, so we haven't really started to grieve anyway," Tim Dunn said. "I'm not ready to grieve yet. I need to get the justice for Harry and then maybe I can go and cry my heart out."

"It was devastating. It was awful. It was like losing Harry again ... it hurt that much," Tim Dunn said.

The family said they plan to spend their time in the U.S. meeting with journalists and politicians in New York City and Washington, D.C., in an effort to "reach out for support from all Americans and to ask them to put pressure on the U.S. administration to do the right thing."

"Our boy was just so heartfelt and he just stood up for his rights. We know we can't let him down and we can't let his twin brother down," the teen's mother said. "Any closure that we can get would help, but the main closure for us would be her getting on that plane, coming back to the U.K. to meet us and present herself to the police."

ABC News' Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.

Police to travel to US to interview Anne Sacoolas in Harry Dunn collision case .
In a press conference, UK Police said they will travel to the US to interview Anne Sacoolas in Harry Dunn collision case.

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