Suffering 'beyond belief': Family of teen cyclist killed by CIA operative's wife braces for Virginia trial
The family of Harry Dunn, the 19-year-old United Kingdom teenage motorcyclist killed in a head-on collision, is continuing to suffer "beyond belief" as they brace for the continuation of the trial in Virginia.
According to CBS News, the legal proceedings focus on a civil case against Anne Sacoolas, the American driver who was also involved in the fatal crash outside of the British military base where Dunn was killed, and her husband Jonathan.
The Dunn family included Sacoolas' husband in the suit, "citing a Virginia law under which they believe he could be held liable for allowing his wife to use the car she was driving outside a military base in the U.K. when she killed the teenager," the publication reports.
At the time, Sacoolas reportedly "admitted that she was driving on the wrong side the road after she left her home on the RAF Croughton military base in Central England."
This trial comes one year after the United States declined to extradite Sacoolas back to the U.K. to face charges for her involvement in the crash that led to the teen's death. The publication reports that Sacoolas' defense team will ask the court "to dismiss the case and will instead offer to pay compensation to the family amounting to the costs of Dunn's funeral."
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The latest report comes weeks after Judge Thomas Ellis denied Sacoolas' legal team's request to dismiss the civil case. For Dunn's family, that ruling was a small win. At the time, Dunn's mother, Charlotte Charles released a statement to CNN.
"We are pleased and relieved at the Court's decision. We only took this step as a last resort following the denial of justice in the extradition case on strong legal advice from our legal team."
On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Ellis offered his take on Sacoolas' decision to flee to the United States while refusing to return to the United Kingdom to accept accountability for the accident and face criminal charges. He made it clear that in order to accept "full responsibility" for her negligence, it would involve returning to the U.K, according to CNN.
"While it is commendable that Defendant Anne Sacoolas admits that she was negligent and that her negligence caused Harry Dunn's death, this does not equate acceptance of responsibility. Full acceptance of responsibility entails facing those harmed by her negligence and taking responsibility for her acts where they occurred, in the United Kingdom."
Ahead of the March 3 hearing, the Dunn family made it clear that they intend to "pursue their legal rights to the fullest extent possible."