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U.S. Diplomat's Wife to Face Court Over British Teen's Death

Added 09-28-22 02:49:02pm EST - “Anne Sacoolas, who invoked diplomatic immunity after fatally striking a teen on his motorcycle, has been fighting to get the charges reduced.” - Thedailybeast.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thedailybeast.com: “U.S. Diplomat’s Wife to Face Court Over British Teen’s Death”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Anne Sacoolas, who invoked diplomatic immunity after fatally striking a teen on his motorcycle, has been fighting to get the charges reduced.

An American woman whose SUV fatally struck a British teen on his motorcycle in early October 2019 will finally face justice in England—at least virtually. Anne Sacoolas, 45, fled the United Kingdom after driving her SUV on the wrong side of a British two-lane highway, killing 18-year-old Harry Dunn, who was on his motorcycle.

Sacoolas, who is the wife of an American diplomat, had her 12-year-old son in the car at the time and had just left the Royal Air Force base in Croughton where her husband was stationed. Sacoolas was also a former employee of the U.S. military and several reports have suggested both Sacoolas and her husband were involved in intelligence work.

A recent book by former prosecutor Geoffrey Berman revealed that the Sacoolas case became intertwined with the U.S. request to interview Prince Andrew over his involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein investigation. He wrote that William Barr told him that his request to interview the prince became a “sort of a chit in a dispute with the British involving a U.S. diplomat’s wife who had accidentally killed a 19-year-old British motorcyclist in an auto accident.” Berman said that the incident proved problematic. “Barr told me that the public rift over Prince Andrew’s refusal to sit for an interview was useful in this other case,” he wrote. “It inflicted PR damage, was my impression, and made it more palatable for the administration to hold firm.”

Immediately after the accident, Sacoolas stayed on the scene until first responders arrived. She was not tested for alcohol consumption or taken into custody and returned instead to the air force base. She was whisked away to the U.S. after being interviewed by police at the base, which drew scorn in the U.K., especially with Dunn’s family who called for her return to face justice in the U.K.

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