The parents of a British teenager killed in a crash that according to the police, involved the wife of a U.S government employee held an emotional news conference on Monday in New York in which they appealed to President Donald Trump and appealed for the woman to return to Britain.
The 19-year-old Harry Dunn was killed on Aug 27 after his motorcycle was hitten by a car. As per police, the accident occurred as Anne Sacoolas, 42, was driving on the wrong side of the road. Following the collapse, Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity under international law, allowing her to avoid prosecution and return home to the United States despite telling police she had no plans to do so.
The parents of Dunn stated Sacoolas should not have been allowed to return home and are seeking answers. Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, said: “We just want to know that she’s being brought back to the U.K. [United Kingdom]. That would be a huge step in the right direction. It’s the only right thing to do. It’s the only humane thing to do.”
“We shouldn’t be suffering like this. We promised Harry as a family when we lost him that night that we would make sure justice was done,” Charles said.
Referring to Trump, Harry’s father, Tim Dunn 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.”
According to the parents, they want justice for their son but they do not want to destroy another family by taking Sacoolas away from her children and willing to be involved with helping to reduce any potential sentence handed against her.
“We spoke to the police right at the beginning. Knowing that she had children, we were going to work with them and ask that her sentence be reduced,” Charles said. Last week, Trump called the incident a “terrible incident” adding that driving on the wrong side of the road “happens”.
As per British media reports, a letter to the Dunn family from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab read: “The U.K. 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 continues.
Dunn’s mother told sources, “Sorry just doesn’t cut it. It’s not really quite enough. I’m still very open to meeting her,” she said, adding, “I can’t promise what I would or wouldn’t say, but I certainly wouldn’t be aggressive.”