Published: Fri, December 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

USA diplomat's wife charged over teen's death in crash

USA diplomat's wife charged over teen's death in crash

Anne Sacoolas, whose husband was based at a USA airbase in Northamptonshire, returned to America after the auto she was driving allegedly collided with the 19-year-old's motorbike outside on August 27.

Following the crash, British police said Sacoolas indicated to them that she didn't plan to leave the country in the near future, but Sacoolas returned to the USA, circumventing the investigation and claiming diplomatic immunity.

A police spokesmans said: "We welcome the charging decision announced today by the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to Anne Sacoolas".

Harry Dunn, 19, died after his motorcycle was in a collision with a auto driven by Anne Sacoolas near RAF Croughton, an air force base in the English county of Northamptonshire that is used by the us military.

The meeting with Mr Trump also sparked controversy after it later emerged that Sacoolas was sat in the room next door ready to meet with Harry's parents - an offer the teenager's family refused.

Prosecutors said they had begun extradition proceedings, although it is up to the government whether to formally ask for Sacoolas to be sent back to Britain.

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"No loss compares to the death of a child and Anne extends her deepest sympathy to Harry Dunn's family".

"I carried out my promise to one of my kids, the promise that I made that we would get that justice", the tearful mum said.

Sacoolas is a mother of three and the wife of Jonathan Sacoolas, who works at the US base.

According to the CPS, the immunity does not apply to dependants of consular officials based outside of London.

But the State Department said Friday that "at the time the accident occurred, and for the duration of her stay in the United Kingdom, the driver in this case had status that conferred diplomatic immunities".

In a statement, the State Department expressed "deepest sympathies" over Dunn's death, but said the decision to charge Sacoolas was not "a helpful development".

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