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Parents of teen killed in crash blame US diplomat’s wife, call for Trump to act

London: The parents of a British teenager whom police say was killed in a wrong-way collision involving the wife of a US diplomat said in a televised interview that they are willing to travel to America to get justice for their son, Harry Dunn.

After the August crash, Anne Sacoolas, 42, claimed diplomatic immunity under international law, allowing her to avoid prosecution and fly home to the US – despite telling British police she had no plans to do so.

Harry Dunn, pictured, died in the crash near RAF Croughton.Credit:Facebook

While Sacoolas was named in British media reports and by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the suspect driving the vehicle that allegedly involved in the collision with Dunn's motorcyle, the US State Department has declined to confirm her or her husband's identity.

In the weeks since the 19-year-old's death, his parents – Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles – have said they will not stop trying to obtain justice for their son and have appealed to the British Prime Minister and President Donald Trump to assist them in their quest for justice.

Harry's parents say they are ready to ask Trump to consider waiving diplomatic immunity, which would mean sending Sacoolas back to Britain to face justice. A statement from US Embassy noted that "immunity is rarely waived."

"With the amount of diplomats we have in the UK [United Kingdom], we can't have someone go out and do something like that again and leave another family to suffer," Charlotte said in an interview with BBC Breakfast on Tuesday.

Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles have spoken out about the death of their son Harry Dunn.Credit:BBC

On Monday, Johnson said that he hoped Sacoolas would return to Britain and "engage properly with the processes of law" while adding that he was willing to raise Dunn's case "personally with the White House," if necessary.

In a tweet on Tuesday, US ambassador to Britain, Woody Johnson, said that British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and his US counterpart, Mike Pompeo, had "discussed the tragic death of a British citizen in a traffic accident on August 27 near Croughton" on Monday. "We once again express our condolences to the friends and family of Harry Dunn."

Family members of diplomats living in other countries are covered by immunity, Under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. In most circumstances, this allows them to avoid arrest for virtually any crime. A country can also waive their diplomats immunity if it so chooses.

On Tuesday Dunn's parents described him as a "big-hearted" person and "passionate" biker who "lived to ride."

The Washington Post

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