Twisting of ‘deleted’ phone data in Harry Dunn hit-and-run case

Was she driving on the wrong side of the road or using her phone when she killed a British teenager in a devastating hit-and-run, or both?

Ms Sacoolas, 43, and her husband, Jonathan, were stationed at a Royal Air Force base in Northamptonshire when she rammed into Harry Dunn, 19, while he was riding his motorbike.

Harry Dunn, 19, was killed in August outside a Royal Air Force station controlled by the US Air Force.  British police said he was riding a motorbike when he was allegedly hit by a vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road.
Harry Dunn, 19, was killed in August 2019 outside a Royal Air Force station controlled by the US Air Force. British police said he was riding a motorbike when he was allegedly hit by a vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road. (Provided)

Lawyers for Mr Dunn’s family have now raised the possibility that Ms Sacoolas was ‘distracted’ by her mobile phone at the time of the fatal crash in August 2019.

Court documents said Ms Sacoolas had been ‘evasive, unresponsive and inconsistent’ about her use of the phone.

According to court documents, no calls or text messages were found on Ms Sacoolas’ SIM card on the day of the accident, but call records on her phone were found for the day before and the day after.

The documents say the data “raises the possibility that Ms. Sacoolas was distracted by her mobile phone… and establishes that the relevant phone data has been deleted”.

The US has rejected a UK request to extradite US citizen Anne Sacoolas, accused of causing the dangerous driving death of Harry Dunn last August.
The US has refused a UK request to extradite US citizen Anne Sacoolas, accused of causing the dangerous driving death of Harry Dunn. (Provided)

Prior to the submission of the documents, it was widely believed that Ms Sacoolas had hit Mr Dunn because she had mistakenly driven on the wrong side of the road on her way out of the RAF air base.

She admitted responsibility for the accident, but controversially left England claiming diplomatic immunity before she could be charged and tried.

She refused to return and now lives with her husband and their three children in northern Virginia.

The British authorities initiated criminal proceedings against Ms Sacoolas, but the WE invoked diplomatic immunity, angering the UK, and refused to extradite him.

Mr Dunn’s family filed a civil suit in the US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, last year.

Last month, US District Judge TS Ellis III rejected an argument by lawyers for the Sacoolas that the case should be dismissed in the US because it should instead be heard in the UK.

According to the lawsuit, Ms Sacoolas was driving her Volvo SUV on the wrong side of the road near the Croughton base when she hit Mr Dunn.

The lawsuit said she had been living in England for several weeks at that time and should have been acclimated to driving on the left side of the road.

The lawsuit alleged that she did not call an ambulance and that it was a passerby who arrived minutes later who called for help.

Lawyers for Ms Sacoolas objected to how her actions were portrayed.

Charlotte Charles with her son Harry Dunn.  Dunn, 19, was killed in August when his motorcycle collided with a car allegedly being driven by Anne Sacoolas outside a British Air Force base in southern England used by the US military.  Sacoolas left Britain soon after, although local police said she had already told them she had no intention of leaving.  Its current location is uncertain.
Charlotte Charles with her son Harry Dunn. The 19-year-old was killed in August 2019 when his motorcycle collided with a car believed to have been driven by Anne Sacoolas outside a British Air Force base in southern England used by the US Army. Ms Sacoolas left Britain soon after, although local police said she had already told them she had no intention of leaving. (Provided)
Charlotte Charles, mother of Harry Dunn, who died after his motorbike was involved in an accident in August 2019 in Britain, allegedly with Anne Sacoolas, wipes her eyes during a press conference as she is joined by family members and supporters in New York.
Charlotte Charles wipes her eyes during a press conference as she is joined by family members and well-wishers in New York. (AP)

In February, in US District Court, John McGavin, one of Ms Sacoolas’ lawyers, revealed she was working for the US State Department at the time of the accident.

In an exchange with the court, Judge Ellis asked Mr. McGavin: “Are you saying that Mr. and Mrs. Sacoolas were employed by a United States intelligence agency, and that is why she is part ?

Mr McGavin replied: ‘I think that was a big factor, certainly’, in his departure from the UK.

The entrance to RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire, near where Harry Dunn, 19, died when his motorcycle was involved in a head-on collision in August.  Anne Sacoolas, the motorist believed to be responsible for the accident, was granted diplomatic immunity and allowed to flee to the United States.
The entrance to RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire, near where Harry Dunn, 19, died when his motorcycle was involved in a head-on collision. (AP)

It had previously been made public that her husband, Jonathan, worked for the US government at RAF Croughton.

Mr Dunn’s mother and father have fought tirelessly for justice since their son’s tragic death.

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