Diplomat’s wife flees after fatal crash
A US woman who is a suspect in a fatal traffic accident in the UK has left the country, according to police.
The woman, 42, is being "treated as a suspect" in Northamptonshire Police's investigation into the August 27 road traffic collision in Croughton in the Midlands, Head of Operations Sarah Johnson said.
The US Embassy in London said the incident involved "a vehicle driven by the spouse of a US diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom".
The accident resulted in the death of 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn.
Police had liaised closely with the woman, "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," Ms Johnson said.
Police are now "seeking the necessary documentation to allow for the arrest and formal interview of the suspect, and … exploring all opportunities through diplomatic channels to ensure that the investigation continues to progress."
Dunn died after his motorcycle collided with a car near RAF Croughton, a British military base near Oxford that's home to a signals intelligence station operated by the US Air Force. The US Embassy offered its "deepest sympathies" to the family of the deceased and said it will continue to be in "close contact" with the appropriate British authorities.
"Any questions regarding a waiver of the immunity with regard to our diplomats and their family members overseas in a case like this receive intense attention at senior levels and are considered carefully given the global impact such decisions carry," a US Embassy spokesperson said.
"Immunity is rarely waived."
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he called the US Ambassador to express the UK's disappointment.
Police said they were "now exploring all opportunities through diplomatic channels to ensure the investigation continues to progress".
Sky News reported that Dunn's parents are to meet Mr Raab. The family have launched a crowdfund campaign to fight for justice, with one woman alone already pledging £5,000 (AU$9100).
The mother of the deceased, Charlotte Charles, told Sky: "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."