The family of Harry Dunn have reached a resolution in the civil case which saw suspect Anne Sacoolas take a step closer to her criminal trial.
Mr Dunn, 19 was killed while riding his motorbike near RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire. A car, which was driving on the wrong side of the road, struck him and ended his life.
The Dunn family’s spokesperson Radd Seiger told the PA news agency an agreement had been “reached successfully between the parties and they can put this part of the campaign behind them”.
The outcome has not yet been made public, but Mr Dunn’s family are said now to be focussing on the criminal case against Mrs Sacoolas.
“It is never easy mounting a legal battle for justice abroad, let alone in the USA, but the family’s courage and determination to see this through has been incredible,” the Dunn family spokesperson said.
Who is Anne Sacoolas?
Sacoolas, 44, is charged with Harry Dunn’s death by dangerous driving, but soon fled the UK shortly after the accident on August 27, 2019.
She claimed diplomatic immunity, which was asserted on her behalf by the US Government.
Since Mr Dunn’s death, Sacoolas has refused to return to the UK to face justice, instead, benefitting from the diplomatic immunity granted to her by her marriage to Jonathan Sacoolas, who worked at RAF Croughton for US intelligence.
Though it was later revealed she also had an intelligence role at the military base which remains a mystery.
“We have been made aware that the US government made no secret of their displeasure at the British government’s backing of Harry’s family in bringing the claim,” the Dunn spokesperson told reporters.
“There will also need to be a parliamentary inquiry into this scandal in due course,” he added.
The US Government has repeatedly denied the Crown Prosecution Service’s requests for Mrs Sacoolas’ extradition.
On fighting for her son’s justice, Charlotte Charles said: “You have to dig deep every single time…we put ourselves out there to keep striving towards getting justice for our boy.”
“The determination never wavers, the promise I made will never be forgotten, but it’s very hard.”
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