Wife Of US Diplomat Leaves UK After Becoming Suspect In Fatal Crash

The victim's mother said the family had been left with 'nothing, no justice'.
Undated family handout photo issued by Northamptonshire Police of Harry Dunn, 19.
Undated family handout photo issued by Northamptonshire Police of Harry Dunn, 19.
Northamptonshire Police/Press Association Images

The wife of a US diplomat has left the UK after becoming a suspect in a police investigation into a fatal road crash.

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

Northamptonshire Police have now confirmed a 42-year-old American woman, who was being treated as a suspect in their investigations, has left the country.

The US Embassy have said they cannot identify the individuals involved “due to security and privacy considerations”, however confirmed the family had left the UK.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he had called the US ambassador “to express the UK’s disappointment with their decision”, urged the Embassy to reconsider, and offered his condolences to the victim’s family.

Speaking to Sky News, Harry’s mother Charlotte Charles said the family had been unable to start grieving for his loss, and have been left with “nothing. No justice. We have nothing to put our minds at rest that she’s even remorseful.”

She added: “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.”

Northamptonshire Police said they had followed all “usual procedures” in the aftermath of the crash, confirmed that the suspect had “engaged fully” with officers and had previously confirmed that she had no plans to leave the country in the near future.

Superintendent Sarah Johnson said: “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 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.”

She added that the police force was “committed to ensuring justice for Harry”, and said that officers were keeping his family informed as the information progressed.

In its own statement provided to Sky News, the US Embassy in London offered its “deepest sympathies” to Harry’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.”


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