UK urges U.S. to rethink immunity for diplomat's wife after crash

Tragic The 19-year-old was on his motorbike when a car believed to be driven by the diplomats wife collided with him

US diplomat's wife 'claims immunity and leaves UK after fatal road accident'

The wife of a USA diplomat claimed "immunity" and fled the United Kingdom after becoming a suspect in an August hit-and-run that killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn.

Although police questioned the mother-of-three, detectives could not arrest or charge her because she claimed diplomatic immunity as her husband is an envoy to Britain.

Harry Dunn, 19, was killed August 27 after his motorcycle collided with a auto driven by the woman near RAF Croughton, a British military base near Oxford that's home to a signals intelligence station operated by the U.S. Air Force. Dunn was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The legal protection also covers dependents of diplomats. Police attempted to receive a waiver that would allow them to pursue a case against the woman but were rejected.

The UK has urged the return of the unnamed American diplomat's wife, 42, who left the country after the crash.

She is working with Britain's foreign minister Dominic Raab in a bid to encourage the woman to return.

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In a written statement on Friday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he had called the USA ambassador over the case and expressed the UK's "disappointment".

Mr Dunn's family said they were "disgusted" by the outcome.

"If we don't get any luck over here, then we will go over there".

The mother of the deceased, Charlotte Charles, told Sky: "Everyone loved him".

Speaking to ITV News, Charles said the diplomat's departure - despite earlier promises that she had no plans to leave - "was like all hope had gone". "We have to get proper justice for Harry and closure for his family", she wrote.

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The U.S. State Department told NBC News in an emailed statement Saturday: "We express our deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the family of the deceased in the tragic August 27 traffic accident involving a vehicle driven by the spouse of a U.S. diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom".

The US embassy confirmed that the incident involved "a vehicle driven by the spouse of a US diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom" and that the family has left the country.

Det Supt Johnson said: "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".

Police stated they ended up "now exploring all chances by diplomatic channels to make certain the investigation carries on to progress". We can confirm the family has left the United Kingdom'.

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