US diplomat's wife leaves UK after becoming suspect in fatal road crash case

5 October 2019, 09:53

Harry Dunn was 19 when he was killed in August
Harry Dunn was 19 when he was killed in August. Picture: Justice4Harry

By Megan White

The parents of a teen killed in a fatal road crash are calling for justice after a suspect, the wife of a US diplomat, fled the UK.

Harry Dunn, 19, from Banbury, died after his motorbike collided with a car near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.

Police confirmed that a 42-year-old American woman being treated as a suspect in their investigations has left the country.

But they said she had previously confirmed having “no plans to leave the country” and the force are now “exploring all opportunities… to ensure the investigation continues to progress.”

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Dunn'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.

The teen, from Banbury, died when his motorcycle hit a car
The teen, from Banbury, died when his motorcycle hit a car. Picture: Justice4Harry

"We don't know how we can start to grieve for him.

"We have nothing. No justice. We have nothing to put our minds at rest that she's even remorseful."

Superintendent Sarah Johnson said: "Northamptonshire Police followed all of its usual procedures following the incident, including liaising closely with the suspect, who engaged fully with us at the time and had previously confirmed to us that she had no plans to leave the country in the near future.

"Due process was also followed in seeking the necessary documentation to allow for the arrest and formal interview of the suspect, and the force is now exploring all opportunities through diplomatic channels to ensure that the investigation continues to progress.

"We are also working closely with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in an effort to come to a resolution regarding this matter.

Harry's parents said they have 'no justice' following his death
Harry's parents said they have 'no justice' following his death. Picture: Justice4Harry

"Harry Dunn's family deserve justice and in order to achieve this, a full and thorough investigation, with the assistance of all parties involved, needs to take place.

"Northamptonshire Police is committed to ensuring justice for Harry and specially trained officers continue to support the Dunn family in their loss, including keeping them fully informed of all developments in the investigation."

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

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

In its own statement provided to Sky News, the US Embassy in London offered its "deepest sympathies" to Mr Dunn's family following the accident "involving a vehicle driven by the spouse of a US diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom".

It added: "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."