Harry Dunn died in the incident near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.
The 19-year-old was riding his motorbike when a woman emerged from the airbase on the wrong side of road and there was a head-on collision, it was reported. He later died in hospital.
Northamptonshire Police met with the suspect, who is the wife of a US diplomat and who claimed immunity*, Sky News reported. The legal protection also covers dependents of diplomats.
*just to note, of the several articles, it is just Sky News that is saying she claimed immunity while others state she told the police she wouldn’t be leaving the U.K. any time soon.
The wife of an American diplomat has left the UK after being made a suspect in an investigation into a fatal crash.
Harry Dunn, 19, of Charlton, Banbury, was killed when his motorbike crashed with a car near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on 27 August.
Police said they wanted to interview an American woman in her 40s.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he had called the US Ambassador to express his “disappointment” she had left the country.
Supt 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.
“The force is now exploring all opportunities through diplomatic channels to ensure that the investigation continues to progress.
“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.”
RAF Croughton is a United States Air Force communications station.
Harry’s mother Charlotte Charles told Sky News: “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.
“We don’t know how we can start to grieve for him.”
Mr Raab said: “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 US Embassy in London said: “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.”
The wife of a US diplomat reportedly claimed immunity and left the UK after being involved in a fatal road accident.
Harry Dunn died in the incident near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.The 19-year-old was riding his motorbike when a woman emerged from the airbase on the wrong side of road and there was a head-on collision, it was reported. He later died in hospital. Northamptonshire Police met with the suspect, who is the wife of a US diplomat and who claimed immunity, Sky News reported. The legal protection also covers dependents of diplomats. Police applied for a waiver of the immunity to pursue the case, but their request was rejected and they were told she had left the country, the broadcaster reported, quoting Superintendent Sarah Johnson from Northamptonshire Police.Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, said he was disappointed by the US decision. “I wish to offer my condolences to the family affected by this tragic incident,” he told Sky News.“I have called the US Ambassador to express the UK’s disappointment with their decision, and to urge the Embassy to re-consider it.”Mr Dunn’s family said they were “disgusted” by the outcome. “We’re disgusted, appalled, how she could be having this cloak wrapped around her,” his father Tim told Sky News. “I’m angry that someone could do this and then get on a plane and go.“We don’t know how we can start to grieve for him,” his mother Charlotte Charles added. “We have nothing. No justice. We have nothing to put our minds at rest that she’s even remorseful.”Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to the UK, wrote to the family expressing “profound sadness” at the death, according to Sky News. The embassy said in a statement to the broadcaster: “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.”
Local paper article from two days after the incident.
Detectives in Northamptonshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are now appealing for witnesses of the accident, which happened on the B4031 Park End in Croughton.
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “The incident happened at about 8.30pm yesterday, Tuesday, August 27, between RAF Croughton and the village of Croughton, when a black Volvo XC90 driving towards the village collided head on with a black Kawasaki motorcycle travelling in the opposite direction.
“The rider of the Kawasaki was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital where he died a short time later,” he added.