The family of a United Kingdom teenager filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against Anne Sacoolas and her husband, U.S. diplomat Jonathan Sacoolas, in U.S. federal court.
Anne Sacoolas was criminally charged with 19-year-old Harry Dunn’s death in Britain in December 2019, but had left the country months earlier and has refused to return. So Dunn’s family took the legal fight to Virginia, where the Sacoolas family now lives.
Anne Sacoolas has admitted to killing Dunn on Aug. 27, 2019, when she was driving her SUV on the wrong side of the street outside a Royal Air Force base where Jonathan worked in Croughton, about 70 miles northwest of London.
She hit Dunn, who was driving a motorcycle, head-on and the young man died later that day. She claimed diplomatic immunity and left Britain in mid-September of 2019. U.S. officials have rejected subsequent U.K. attempts to force her to stand trial, including an official extradition request.