The diplomat's wife who fled back to the US claiming immunity after allegedly killing a British teenager was driving on the wrong side of the road for 400 yards before hitting him head-on, his heartbroken parents claimed today.
Harry Dunn, 19, suffered horrific multiple injuries in the August 27 collision outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire – a US intelligence hub in Britain.
The driver – a 42-year-old American woman named last night as Anne Sacoolas – left the country shortly afterwards claiming immunity, despite facing possible charges of causing death by dangerous driving.
Today it emerged Mrs Sacoolas and her diplomat husband only arrived in Britain in early August and their three children were enrolled in the £19,000-a-year Winchester House private school in Brackley, where Harry's father Tim Dunn is head of maintenance.
Harry's bereft mother Charlotte Charles said today: 'The police have the CCTV footage showing that she pulled out of the RAF base on to the wrong side of the road. Harry had no chance'.
Mrs Charles told Sky News: 'She travelled on 350 to 400 yards on the wrong side of the road. It was a head-on collision - we later lost him in hospital.
The parents of Harry Dunn, Charlotte and Tim, have called on Anne Sacoolas to come back to Britain to face the music after she allegedly knocked down and killed their son before claiming diplomatic immunity
Harry Dunn, 19, was killed on August 27 in a car crash near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire - the woman accused of hitting him with her car has fled to the US and claimed diplomatic immunity
'We are not coping. We are literally getting through hour to hour every day. Harry always fought for what was right so we are honouring him by doing this.
Foreign diplomats and their families are immune from prosecution in their host country under the 1961 Vienna Convention.
It means that 23,000 people in the UK who hold this status cannot automatically be hauled before the courts if they commit a crime.
However, when an envoy or a relative is accused of a serious offence the Foreign Office will ask their home country to waive immunity.
Usually, immunity only covers diplomats and families based in London. However, a special deal is in place which gives it to diplomats and relatives based at RAF Croughton. American officials are said to have turned down the waiver request in Harry Dunn's case because the suspect's husband is a spy and they want to protect his identity.
It is understood US authorities told the accused woman to get on a plane. In the past, the Foreign Office has expelled diplomats suspected of serious crimes.
Last year it emerged that an attache accused of two rapes was thrown out of Britain because his country would not waive his immunity. Other allegations included sexual assault against a diplomat from Algeria, blackmail (Egypt) and possession of a firearm (Cambodia).
'We are trying to get some closure - all we want is to meet her and ask her to come back. It is not much to ask. We are a family in complete ruin. We are utterly broken inside and out.
'We are utterly shocked and appalled that somebody is allowed just to get on a plane and go home and avoid our justice system'.
Harry's father Tim says his son's alleged killer had admitted culpability and promised to stay in the UK.
Mr Dunn said: 'Our understanding is that she was compliant with police and admitted at the time she was in the wrong. We know from police she was going to stay in the country and committed to being here for three years. So to hear the news from police [that she fled] a few weeks after the funeral was devastating'.
Mrs Sacoolas for comment but she had not returned to her original US address.
The US embassy has refused to grant Northamptonshire Police an immunity waiver to interview her as a suspect.
As anger over the case intensified, Harry’s mother Charlotte Charles called on the Prime Minister to ‘get on the phone’ to President Trump.
Mrs Charles, 44, told the Daily Mail: ‘We would ask Boris Johnson himself, if he hasn’t already, to call President Trump and urge him to right this wrong. It’s inhumane what has happened to us. Please – I’m begging you. Please help us. We won’t be able to grieve and move on and try put the pieces of our shattered lives together until we get justice for Harry.’
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has called on the US ambassador to ‘reconsider’ the decision but it is understood so far his appeals have been refused.
Harry's bereft mother Charlotte Charles