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US diplomat's wife suspected of involvement in fatal road crash left UK

Sky News logo Sky News 04/10/2019 Lisa Dowd, Midlands correspondent

a person looking at the camera: Harry Dunn was riding his motorbike on the correct side of the road when he was hit © Sky News Screen Grab Harry Dunn was riding his motorbike on the correct side of the road when he was hit

The parents of a teenager who was killed in a head-on collision say they are "utterly broken" after the suspect, a US citizen, claimed diplomatic immunity and left the country.

Harry Dunn, 19, was killed in an accident near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on 27 August. It is an American spy base.

Police told Sky News that their initial findings show that Harry was riding his motorbike on the correct side of the road, but that a woman, who pulled out of the airbase onto the wrong side of the carriageway, hit him head-on. He suffered multiple injuries and died later in hospital.

The person suspected of causing Harry's death is the wife of a US diplomat © Sky News Screen Grab The person suspected of causing Harry's death is the wife of a US diplomat

Sky News can reveal that the suspect is the wife of a US diplomat who claimed diplomatic immunity following the incident.

Dependants of diplomats can be covered by immunity.

Speaking exclusively to Sky News, Harry's mother Charlotte Charles said: "Everyone loved him, we're utterly broken inside and out, everything hurts day and night, it's an effort to do anything, I ache from it, every limb, every internal organ hurts."

Superintendent Sarah Johnson from Northamptonshire Police said: "We had met with the suspect in the presence of legal advisers in order to identify the best way forward."

a close up of a person wearing a green shirt: Harry's family are 'disgusted' by what has happened © Sky News Screen Grab Harry's family are 'disgusted' by what has happened

She continued: "During the course of that meeting we were aware that diplomatic immunity had been raised as an issue, we then made immediate application for a waiver in order for us to undertake further investigations and interview.

"Unfortunately we were latterly advised that the waiver had been declined and the suspect had left the UK."

The US embassy has confirmed to Sky News that the woman has left the UK. We understand that someone on the American side told the family to go back to the US.

In a statement, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News: "I wish to offer my condolences to the family affected by this tragic incident.

a close up of a man: Harry was hit near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire © Sky News Screen Grab Harry was hit near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire

"I have called the US Ambassador to express the UK's disappointment with their decision, and to urge the Embassy to re-consider it."

The decision has left Harry's family even more bereft.

"We don't know how we can start to grieve for him," Ms Charles said. "We have nothing. No justice. We have nothing to put our minds at rest that she's even remorseful."

Harry's father, Tim Dunn, said: "We're disgusted, appalled, how she could be having this cloak wrapped around her. I'm angry that someone could do this and then get on a plane and go.

"I can't believe she's living with herself."

Harry's family received a letter from the US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, expressing "profound sadness".

a close up of a newspaper: The ambassador acknowledged the 'profound sadness' of the death © Sky News Screen Grab The ambassador acknowledged the 'profound sadness' of the death

In a statement, the US Embassy in London told Sky News: "We express our deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the family of the deceased in the tragic August 27 traffic accident involving a vehicle driven by the spouse of a US diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom.

"Embassy officials are in close contact with the appropriate British officials on this matter. Due to security and privacy considerations, we cannot confirm the identity of the individuals involved, but we can confirm the family has left the UK".

Sky News has tried to contact the woman but she hasn't responded.

"No one can settle," said Mr Dunn, adding: "We can't quite understand this is actually happening, or has been allowed to happen".

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