The parents of crash victim Harry Dunn are to demand millions of dollars in compensation as they launch a legal battle against the suspect and Donald Trump’s administration.
Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn are seeking damages as they begin proceedings in the US after their 19-year-old son was killed in a crash in Northamptonshire, in the East Midlands of England, on August 27.
Anne Sacoolas, the 42-year-old wife of a US diplomat, is believed to have been driving on the wrong side of the road when she hit Mr Dunn’s motorbike outside RAF Croughton. She returned to America soon after the incident.
The family’s spokesman Radd Seiger has announced that lawyers were working to pursue a civil claim for damages against the suspect Mrs Sacoolas.
He also said lawyers would be looking into what they called the “lawless misconduct” of US President Trump’s administration “and then the attempt to cover that up”.
Mr Seiger later told the Mail: “We are looking at a significant compensation claim that will be in the region of millions of dollars. Bearing in mind that millions of dollars are paid in compensation in the US if you get a cup of coffee split over you, then what price for the death of a son?”
Mrs Sacoolas was granted immunity from prosecution because her husband is a US diplomat. Mr Dunn’s family have been fighting a high-profile campaign to get her to return to the UK to answer questions.
The family met Mr Trump at the White House earlier this month. Mrs Sacoolas was in the building, but they turned down an unexpected last-minute offer to meet her.
The latest developments come after a former senior Met Police officer has slammed the investigation into Mr Dunn’s death as “very, very poor”.
Dal Babu, who was a chief superintendent until his retirement in 2013, said Northamptonshire Police had shown a “lack of compassion” towards the teenager’s family.
He said that he had “a lot of concerns” about parts of the investigation, which he called “very very poor”.
Mr Babu, who served with the Metropolitan Police for 30 years, questioned whether a small force such as Northamptonshire Police had the “necessary expertise” to lead such a complex investigation.
Speaking about the police’s involvement in the case, Mr Babu said: “Just looking at it as an outsider, I have a lot of concerns about the investigation and the way the family has been treated.
“There seems to be a lack of compassion from Northamptonshire Police, the Foreign Office and the Government.
“There was confusion over diplomatic immunity and whether the suspect had it or not. All in all, the investigation seems to have been very, very poor in terms of family support.”