Joe Biden ‘sympathetic’ to Harry Dunn case after crash killed wife and toddler daughter

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US President Joe Biden is said to be "extremely sympathetic" to the case of Harry Dunn, after losing his first wife and one-year-old daughter in a tragic car crash.

His wife Neilia and their toddler Naomi were both killed in the accident a week before Christmas in 1972, when their station wagon was hit by a truck.

Their sons Beau, then three, and Hunter, then two, were injured in the smash but survived. Beau would die of a brain tumour 43 years later.

Harry was 19 years old when he was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike outside a military base in Croughton, Northamptonshire in August 2019.

Joe Biden and first wife Neilia, with sons Beau and Hunter, cut his 30th birthday cake at a party in Wilmington, Delaware on November 20, 1972
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The car was being driven on the wrong side of the road by Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a CIA operative based in the UK.

She fled the country claiming diplomatic immunity and has since been charged with causing Harry's death by dangerous driving.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Mr Biden is "actively engaged" and "extremely sympathetic" with the case following his face-to-face meeting with the President in Cornwall on Thursday.

The teenager's mother, Charlotte Charles, said she was "incredibly grateful" the case is high on the agenda but added that her family needed a resolution as soon as possible as they are "suffering intensely".

Harry Dunn, 19, died when a car collided with his motorbike in August 2019
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Anne Sacoolas has been charged with dangerous driving causing death

Speaking after the meeting of Mr Biden and the PM, Charlotte Charles said: "We are incredibly grateful that Harry's case is being taken so seriously as to be raised on the eve of the G7 meeting with so many worldwide crises going on.

"We very much hope that President Biden takes a different view to the previous administration given his deeply personal connection to the case having suffered loss in similar circumstances."

"We are all suffering intensely as a family and really need a resolution as soon as possible and now await to hear from the CPS as to what steps they plan to take next.

"We have been working incredibly hard behind the scenes having dialogue with as many people on both sides of the Atlantic as possible and believe that these efforts will help us in our search for justice.

Harry and his mum Charlotte Charles, who has brought a civil claim against Sacoolas
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US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden arrive for the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay
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"It is almost two years since we lost Harry in August 2019 and it would be lovely to think that all parties can now come together to help bring this living nightmare to an end so that we can try to rebuild our shattered lives."

Mr Johnson was asked if there had been any progress made on the case following his discussion with his American counterpart and said he understood there were "limits" to what Mr Biden could do.

Speaking to the BBC, the Prime Minister said: "You should really – when you get the chance – put your question to the president because he is actively engaged in the case.

"As you know, he has his own personal reasons for feeling very deeply about the issue.

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"And he was extremely sympathetic, but this is not something that either government can control very easily because there are legal processes that are still going on.

"But he did express a great deal of sympathy, as indeed this government continues to do for the family of Harry Dunn."

He added both the US executive and legal and judiciary system were "working together".

The Dunn family said they were pleased to see the case raised at the "first available opportunity".

The Dunn family have challenged the diplomatic immunity asserted on Sacoolas' behalf, which will be heard in the Court of Appeal next year.

Mr Dunn's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, have also brought a civil claim against the suspect and her husband in the US state of Virginia.

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