Anne Sacoolas (pictured), 42, said she had ‘no time to react’ when the teenager came towards her on his motorbike over a hill
The US diplomat’s wife accused of killing Harry Dunn in a head-on crash admitted last night that she was driving on the wrong side of the road.
In a statement issued by her lawyers, Anne Sacoolas, 42, said she had ‘no time to react’ when the teenager came towards her on his motorbike over a hill.
In her first account of what happened, she also said she spoke to the 19-year-old at the scene before comforting her own children, who were in her car.
The mother of three said she was ‘terribly, terribly sorry for that tragic mistake’.
Mrs Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence officer, said she wanted to meet Harry’s family to ‘apologise and take responsibility’.
A spokesman from her law firm Arnold & Porter said: ‘Anne was driving on the wrong side of the road and had no time to react when she saw the motorbike – the crash happened too fast.
‘Anne stayed on the scene of the accident to assist. She spoke to Harry Dunn to tell him that she would call for help. She waved down another car.
‘That driver pulled over and offered to assist Harry so that Anne could comfort her young children, who had been in her car and were on the scene.’
The spokesman added that Ministry of Defence police arrived shortly after the crash but it took a ‘long time’ for the ambulance to arrive.
It is seven weeks since Mrs Sacoolas collided with Harry’s motorbike on the road outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.
In her first account of what happened, she also said she spoke to 19-year-old Harry (pictured) at the scene before comforting her own children, who were in her car
Mrs Sacoolas, whose husband Jonathan worked as US intelligence official at the base, claimed diplomatic immunity and left the UK.
Harry’s family said today they may launch a judicial review into the decision by Northamptonshire Police to give her diplomatic immunity.
Anne Sacoolas’s statement went on: ‘She and her family left the United Kingdom approximately three weeks after the accident, after they and the US authorities determined that it would be difficult for the couple and their children to remain in the small Croughton community under these tragic circumstances.
‘She and her family returned home on a commercial flight. Our understanding is that the British authorities were informed and aware of their departure before they returned to the United States.’
It is seven weeks since Mrs Sacoolas collided with Harry’s motorbike (pictured) on the road outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire
Early today a spokesman said the legal team would write to the Foreign Office asking for documents relating to the decision to grant Mrs Sacoolas immunity.
Spokesman Radd Seiger said: ‘We are going to write to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office very shortly, explaining that we don’t want to do a judicial review, but to avoid that, please let us have the following documents – all emails, messages and notes in relation to your advice to Northamptonshire Police that this lady had it (diplomatic immunity).
‘What we don’t know is whether somebody cocked up or whether they were put under pressure by the Americans to concede.
‘But we want to conduct an investigation into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s decision to advise Northamptonshire Police that this lady had the benefit of diplomatic immunity.
‘If we’re not satisfied, then we’ll go to a judicial review and ask a High Court judge to review it all.’
The developments came after Harry’s father told of the final words he said to his teenage son as he lay fatally injured after being hit by a car.
Tim Dunn, who had reached the scene of the accident when Harry was still alive, said: ‘I could see broken bones coming out of his arms, but he was talking. I called over and said: ‘Harry, it’s your dad, they are going to fix you, be calm.’
‘He stopped moaning and calmed then,’ he told US news channel CBS, ‘and a couple of minutes later one of the doctors said they needed to sedate him because he was having trouble breathing.’
Tim Dunn (pictured), who had reached the scene of the accident when the 19-year-old was still alive, said: ‘I could see broken bones coming out of his arms, but he was talking
Mr Dunn told his son (pictured with mother Charlotte) he would be sedated because it was ‘for the best’ and said he would see him in hospital
Mr Dunn told his son he would be sedated because it was ‘for the best’ and said he would see him in hospital.
These were the last words between father and son as Harry never woke up.
After flying to the US, Harry’s parents are on a campaign to get Mrs Sacoolas to return. Speaking at a Press conference in New York, his mother Charlotte Charles said: ‘She needs to do the right thing and come back and face what she has done. Face our family. Face the UK justice system.’
Mrs Sacoolas, whose husband Jonathan worked as US intelligence official at the base, claimed diplomatic immunity and left the UK. Pictured: Harry Dunn’s family in New York
Asked what he would say to Donald Trump, Mr Dunn said: ‘I would say to him as a man, as a father, how could you let this happen? If you are a father and your child died surely you’d want that person to own up and take responsibility for their actions.’
On Saturday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab wrote to Harry’s family saying that Mrs Sacoolas no longer had diplomatic immunity from potential prosecution because her husband had left his posting at the RAF base.
If Northamptonshire Police submit a file of evidence which meets the US extradition threshold, she could be extradited to face justice here.