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Valley man hopes for closure in deadly wrong-way UK crash

Britain US Diplomat's Wife
Posted at 6:55 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 22:14:15-04

A UK family has found itself in the middle of a diplomatic incident following a car crash that took the life of a 19-year-old man.

"We never thought that it would blow up to the situation that we've got now," said Melvin Charles, who lives in the Valley.

Charles is the uncle of 19-year-old Harry Dunn.

In late August, Dunn was killed in a horrific car crash outside of Royal Air Force Croughton Station, a U.S Air Force Base in England.

"The lady pulled out of that gate and drove on the wrong side of the road, for not far, a matter of hundreds of yards apparently," said Charles.

The vehicle struck Charles' nephew head-on as he was riding his motorcycle to his family's home.

The woman behind the wheel was identified as 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat.

"All she had to do is talk to the police, the police only got to talk to her at the actual accident scene, and then gone, she was gone in 48 hours," said Charles.

Sacoolas left the UK and returned to the United States.

The government asserted she has diplomatic immunity due to her husband's status with the government.

Since then, the UK Prime Minister has called for that immunity to be waived.

President Trump weighed in.

"We're going to speak to her and see what we can come up with so that there can be some healing. There's tremendous anger over it, it's a terrible incident," said President Trump.

"It's so sad; nobody's sleeping. Every time I think about it, I start to cry," said Charles.

Charles says Dunn adored his family, had an undying devotion to his twin brother, and loved motorcycles.

Something Charles says their last conversation centered around months earlier.

"I said Harry, you just have to be careful, and he said no, I know, I know, I am, and he was," said Charles.

Dunn's family understands it was an accident but remains destroyed as they spoke to media this week.

"We're just utterly broken, inside and out," said Dunn's mother.

Charles is now asking Sacoolas to do something, anything, to give them the closure they so desperately need.

"I think just basically for her to go back to the UK, sit down, cry your eyes out, whatever, there'll never be any closure until something happens," said Charles.