Military worker ‘driving on wrong side crashes near site of Harry Dunn’s death’

A staff member at the US military base involved in Harry Dunn’s death has allegedly crashed a car into a wall after ‘driving on the wrong side of the road’.

A black BMW veered off the road just before 7.45pm on Wednesday evening in the village of Aynho, Northamptonshire.

The incident took place a couple of miles from RAF Croughton where the teenager, 19, lost his life in August last year.

The driver has been accused of being on the wrong side of the road before the crash, PA reports. Harry’s family has claimed the UK government is ‘failing in their duty to… safeguard our lives’ and described the US administration as a ‘disgrace’ in the aftermath of the incident.

The car involved in the collision was not on diplomatic plates and was not being driven by someone with diplomatic immunity, Northamptonshire Police has said.

An RAF Croughton spokeswoman said they were ‘cooperating fully’ with Northamptonshire Police’s investigation and would ‘apply corrective measures as needed’.

They added that the ‘501st Combat Support Wing remains committed to the safety of US and UK personnel, both on our bases and in the surrounding communities’.

Harry was killed when his motorbike collided with a car – allegedly driven by Anne Sacoolas, wife of US diplomat Jonathan Sacoolas – outside the military base on August 27.

Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity following the crash and was allowed to return to the US.

An extradition request was rejected by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in January after she was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

After the teenager’s death, chief constable of Northamptonshire Police, Nick Adderley, said he would fund driver training at RAF Croughton in an attempt to prevent similar incidents.

However, he announced in January there had been two further incidents of American staff driving on the wrong side of the road.

Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger said last night: ‘What is it going to take before something is done?

‘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. I have made it clear to them that enough is enough and they must do whatever it takes, this being British soil, to make sure that the Americans drive in accordance with our laws when they come off the base.

‘As for the American government, they are a disgrace. 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.
‘If, as seems inevitable, there is further bloodshed, it will be on theirs and the UK government’s hands.’

Dunn family’s local MP, Andrea Leadsom, is due to speak with police on Thursday about the latest incident, it is understood.

The former business secretary is said to be attempting to arrange a virtual meeting between the Dunn family and the base commander at RAF Croughton, Colonel Bridget McNamara.

A Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman, 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.’

The Foreign Office has been contacted for comment.