U.S. Diplomat's Wife Invokes Diplomatic Immunity After Killing UK Teen

The wife of a U.S. diplomat invoked diplomatic immunity and returned home after she allegedly killed a boy in a wreck.

Croughton, England – A U.S. diplomat’s wife who killed a British teenager in a wrong-way car crash has left the country and invoked diplomatic immunity, causing outrage on both sides of the pond.

The crash occurred on the night of Aug. 27 as 19-year-old Harry Dunn was riding his motorcycle past RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, the Daily Mail reported.

Northamptonshire police said the 42-year-old wife of a U.S. diplomat pulled out of the air force base and onto the wrong side of the road in her Volvo, where she collided with Dunn head-on.

Dunn was transported to the hospital with multiple injuries and died, the Daily Mail reported.

Northamptonshire Police Superintendent Sarah Johnson said investigators met with the woman and her attorneys the day after the wreck and the diplomat’s wife said she had no plans to leave the United Kingdom, NBC News reported.

“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," Superintendent Johnson explained.

She said they sought a waiver from the U.S. Embassy to interview a person with diplomatic immunity before they sat down to talk with the woman, NBC News reported.

But the superintendent said that the waiver request was ultimately declined and police were informed on Sept. 16 that the driver of the Volvo that killed Dunn had returned to the United States.

"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," Superintendent Johnson told NBC News in an email.

Diplomatic immunity protects foreign diplomats from lawsuits and criminal prosecution in the country where they are working.

The home country can waive diplomatic immunity but the United States has elected not to do so in this case, the Daily Mail reported.

“'We express our deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the family of the deceased in the tragic Aug. 27 traffic accident involving a vehicle driven by the spouse of a U.S. diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom,” the U.S. Department of State said in a written statement. “We can confirm the family has left the U.K. Any questions regarding a waiver of immunity with regard to our diplomats and their family members overseas in a case like this receive careful attention at senior levels.”

Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, have demanded that the United States return the woman believed to have killed their son to England to face charges, the Daily Mail reported.

“We are utterly devastated by Harry's loss. He was such a precious young man who was loved by all who knew him,” Charles said. “Our lives have been shattered and our only crumb of comfort is the news that Harry was riding perfectly safely that night. He was not at fault in any way.”

“However, with the terrible news that the other driver has left the country, seemingly in an attempt to evade justice, we are totally deprived of the ability to grieve and our lives are now painfully on hold,” the mother continued. “I bear the other driver no ill will. She must be suffering too given what she did, but she must return to the U.K. to face justice. It is only at that point that my family and I will be able to begin to put our lives back together and move forward from this needless tragedy.”

Tim Dunn echoed his wife and said the woman’s escape from justice set a bad precedent.

“We call on the driver and the American authorities to have her come back to the U.K. to face the legal consequences of her dangerous driving that night,” the father said. “It is in no one's interests for her not to do so and would set a terrible precedent if she does not return.”

Comments (46)
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JBo
JBo

Immunity needs to be revoked and the UK should file for extradition. Extradition should be approved.

sturnman22
sturnman22

She brings shame to America. Someone should check if she can be tried in Washington,D.C. for the crime,

DocRyder
DocRyder

Up until the point she left the country this was probably just a tragic accident given the driving rules differences. Now she must be returned to the UK to face the music.

lwils
lwils

Diplomatic immunity was not made for this kind of incident. Running away just proves her guilt in my opinion. This was in the UK not some place like China.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

She's entitled to diplomatic immunity, just like everyone else. Diplomatic immunity is abused within the US and abroad, and while I think this is a clear case of abuse, it does exist.

How often is it revoked by other nations when crimes are committed? If it's rare, which I suspect it is, why should the US turn over this person For crimes covered by immunity?

SARick
SARick

Seems like this could put the life of her husband in jeopardy if he is still there.

Steve326m
Steve326m

D-I is not valid on Homicide. She needs to answer for her actions.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Jim... you there? Can you find out the diplomat's name?

T00R
T00R

What if the UK kicked out all U.S. Emissaries as a consequence? They would ship her ass back in a heartbeat.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Over 50 years ago I used to get pissd off at a fantastic Four comic book, because Dr. Doom would get away with attempted murder time and again, being he was the ruler of the fictional nation of Latveria. Then I saw it again on Blue Bloods and House of Cards within the last 10 years and thought how it makes for good story plots, but nobody has ever really used it. Now it's finally happened and WE are the bad guys! Thanks to some shithead diplomat and his cowardly wife.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Anne Sacoolas is the killer wife...

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Jonathan Sacoolas, is a senior spy stationed with intelligence in the UK, which is why all the hush hush, but that shit is going out the window in light of killing a kid, then expecting to get away with it.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

It's not rare it happens every day believe it or not abused with other countries laughing. Before I retired, in all my years on the highway patrol i can't tell you how many diplomats and their family members i have stopped for speeding at very high rates of speed for them to just laugh and take off again because i couldn't even write them a speeding ticket in there lamborghinis or porsches so i could only imagine it happens alot in places like DC and NYC for much higher crimes

Gramercy
Gramercy

I know God...and I pray the US...does NOT give immunity to a killer! I don't care what or who the diplomat it...SHE SHOULD SUFFER CONSEQUENCES For her ACTIONS!

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

I back my country BUT, had that been their child they would be screaming bloody murder for something to be done. Certainly hope she can live with heart and conscience if she has one ! The higher powers will judge her...how sad for both family's.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

i understand the driver must have been terrified to flee. but she needs to face the consequences of her action--mistake or not. in the UK.

61mouse
61mouse

They do it on this side of the pond also . But maybe they need to rewire the the rules and murder does NOT give them a free pass

observer1
observer1

I'm not excusing her action but the British drive on the left side of the road and that would be hard to get used to. If she wasn't impaired it was a terrible mistake but maybe understandable. She should try for mercy in England and say she was fearful and made a mistake fleeing.

807
807

Send her back!!!!!

magnumforc
magnumforc

Notice nobody's naming her? Probably a friend of Pelosi and AOC...

45Kimberpro
45Kimberpro

...First, all you idiots calling her criminal, and a murderer. She has not been charged or convicted of any crime. So no, not a murderer. Second; if she was to be arrested after an investigation, which she may not be charged, It would be akin to "vehicular homicide", if they have that in GB...She drove a car and caused an accident and someone died. Happens hundreds of times everyday. Third; Diplomatic immunity is not new and every country that signs a diplomatic pact agrees to treat all those w/ diplomatic status the same, w/ the same rules...

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Diplomatic immunity is bullsh!t. Ship her ass back to Great Britain and have her face the charges,