RAF base at centre of Harry Dunn scandal probes SECOND crash
Family of Harry Dunn call on RAF to probe claims SECOND American drove on the wrong side of road – and smashed BMW into a wall two miles from where the teenager was killed
- RAF Croughton is launching a probe into crash near base in Northamptonshire
- Incident was just a couple of miles from where Harry Dunn, 19, was killed
- Ex-CIA agent Anne Sacoolas is accused of causing death by dangerous driving
The family of Harry Dunn have called on the RAF to launch an investigation amid claims a second American service personnel drove on the wrong side of the rode and crashed their BMW two miles from where the teenager was killed.
The family’s spokesman said photos had emerged of the right-hand drive vehicle having been driven by an American’ having veered off the road and smashing into a wall taken last night.
The smash is said to have taken place on the B4001, Roundtown, Northamptonshire, a short drive from RAF Croughton where Harry was killed last August
Speaking to MailOnline, the family lawyer Radd Seiger said it raises more concerns that overseas diplomats are not adequately trained about UK driving laws, especially concerning driving on the left.
The family of Harry Dunn have called for the RAF base at the centre of the scandal to probe a second crash after images appearing to show the incident emerged last night
Harry Dunn (right) was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton. Anne Sacoolas (left) is charged with causing death by dangerous driving
Mr Seiger claimed the UK Government was ‘failing in their duty to safeguard our lives’ and called the US administration a ‘disgrace’.
‘What is it going to take before something is done? he said. The loss of Harry Dunn was not enough. The near misses since his death have not been enough.
‘Will this disastrous crash tonight make any difference? The UK Government are failing in their duty to protect and safeguard our lives.’
Dunn (pictured) was killed around 400 yards away from an exit of RAF Croughton
The Dunn family’s local MP Andrea Leadsom is due to speak with police today about the latest incident.
She is attempting a virtual meeting with them and the base commander at RAF Croughton, Colonel Bridget McNamara.
A spokeswoman for RAF Croughton said the base was looking into the most recent claims and would release further information when they were able to.
Northamptonshire Police said: ‘We were called at 7.45pm last night to reports of a road traffic collision in Aynho involving a BMW 5 Series colliding with a fence.
‘We deployed to the scene and are investigating the incident in line with our usual road traffic collision procedures. Thankfully no one was injured as a result of the collision.’
Last night’s incident comes as the UK’s most senior diplomat said that Britain had agreed to let prime suspect Anne Sacoolas – a former CIA agent – return to the US on the basis of an ‘illogical’ interpretation of diplomatic immunity.
Sacoolas, who is accused of causing death by dangerous driving, claimed diplomatic immunity and fled the UK.
An extradition request for Sacoolas was rejected by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after she was charged by the Crown Prosecution Service in January.
Chief Constable Nick Adderley of Northamptonshire Police said he would fund driver training at RAF Croughton in an attempt to prevent similar incidents.
Chief Constable Nick Adderley of Northamptonshire Police said he would fund driver training at RAF Croughton (pictured) in an attempt to prevent similar incidents
A spokeswoman for RAF Croughton (pictured, entrance) said the base was looking into the most recent claims and would release further information when they were able to
He said there had been two further incidents of American staff at RAF Croughton driving on the wrong side of the road following Dunn’s death.
Mr Seiger called the US Government a ‘disgrace’ and warned ‘if… there is further bloodshed, it will be on theirs and the UK Government’s hands’.
He alleged: ‘They have failed to engage with us at all to discuss how they are going to improve safety for their benefit as well as ours.
‘They have their heads buried in the sand. Well, we will not stand for this any longer and I will be making representations in the strongest possible terms.’
Police launched an investigation in February after a video emerged showing a car driving on the wrong side of the road just outside RAF Croughton.
The shocking footage shows a red vehicle driving towards an oncoming car for at least two seconds before swinging across the road.
Meanwhile, controversy rages over the validity of Sacoolas’ claim to diplomatic immunity, described as Britain’s top diplomat as ‘illogical’.
FCO lawyers advised UK ministers on August 30 that Sacoolas’ diplomatic status was ambiguous. It then told Northamptonshire Police on September 2 that she had full diplomatic immunity and that no prosecution would be possible.
Speaking to a select committee on Tuesday, Sir Simon McDonald said: ‘The controversy was over an agreement made at the end of the last century over continuing immunities for US diplomats posted at the Croughton annex.
‘In that agreement the American authorities gave a pre-waiver for accredited diplomats so that was the formal position, but that agreement was silent on the rights of their dependants, and that has been the origin of a lot of the dispute.’
Sir Simon called it a ‘recondite bit of law’ and its interpretation ‘a bit illogical’.
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