A British news crew has tracked down the US woman who allegedly killed a teenager in England in a head-on road collision and then fled to America, controversially claiming diplomatic immunity.
The family of Harry Dunn were left “completely devastated” after watching ITV footage of hit-and-run suspect Anne Sacoolas reversing a car out of her family’s driveway, and stonewalling a reporter who asked if she would return to the UK.
Surprised by a reporter outside her pale blue weatherboard home, Ms Sacoolas hurriedly reversed her white Subaru out into the street. A young child is sat in the passenger seat of the car.
“Hi Mrs Sacoolas, it’s British television. Can I have a word with you please?” the reporter asked.
“No,” replies Ms Sacoolas, clearly flustered, before quickly driving away from the scene.
Radd Seiger, spokesperson for the Dunn family, told nine.com.au he was alongside Harry’s parents as ITV shared the footage with them for the very first time.
Since Harry was allegedly killed by Ms Sacoolas on August 29, the Dunn family have begged the 42-year-old mother-of-three to return to the UK so British police can continue their investigation.
“They are completely devastated by [the ITV footage] and feel like they have been taken for fools. They feel like they have been naive and stupid,” Mr Seiger said.
“They just do not understand why the person who took their son’s life thinks she can just skip out of the country and just erase the whole thing from her life.
“[Ms Sacoolas] is back in the USA clearly getting on with her life, without any care or concern for the utter devastation she has left behind in the UK. She appears to be moving on as if the whole tragedy had not happened.”
Mr Seiger claimed Ms Sacoolas’ demeanour in the ITV clip showed she had no intention of returning to the UK voluntarily.
He urged British authorities to extradite Ms Sacoolas “without any further delay”.
How did Anne Sacoolas allegedly kill Harry Dunn?
Harry, 19, was riding his motorcycle in August near the small English village of Croughton, when Ms Sacoolas pulled her Volvo out the exit of a US-run military base.
CCTV footage showed Ms Sacoolas, who had relocated to the UK only three weeks earlier, driving her SUV down the wrong side of the road.
She allegedly smashed her Volvo XC90 into Harry and his Kawasaki motorbike, killing the teenager.
After initially cooperating with Northamptonshire police, Ms Sacoolas controversially claimed diplomatic immunity, boarded a US military plane and fled to America. She had assured police she would remain in the UK.
Ms Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence officer stationed in the UK, remains holed up in the US, allegedly refusing to return to England.
The Dunn family and their lawyers dispute Ms Sacoolas ever had a right to claim diplomatic immunity, which means those working for a foreign state are exempt from a country’s laws. This unique status can sometimes be extended to family members.
Ms Sacoola’s husband, Jonathan, is not listed on the official register of US diplomats working in the UK. Mr Sacoolas is an intelligence agent, who worked at the United States Air Force listening station at RAF Croughton, in England. There are many CIA and NSA operatives at the base.
Radd Seiger told nine.com.au Ms Sacoolas should be regarded as a “serious criminal fugitive” on the run.
“She does not have, nor ever had, diplomatic immunity. Her husband Jonathan was not a diplomat,” he said.
The Dunn family is now planning to sue Ms Sacoolas, the Trump administration and the UK Foreign Office for damages.
Harry’s parents allege the Foreign Office acted improperly in allowing Ms Sacoolas to leave the UK.
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