A friend of Harry Dunn’s alleged killer Anne Sacoolas has revealed for the first time how the spy’s husband was at the crash scene.
In jumping to the US spook’s defence, the lifelong pal inadvertently revealed more details of the accident, placing Jonathan Sacoolas, 45, there.
It raises questions over what actions the couple took at the time and forms a crucial part of what lawyers for Harry’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, who are suing the couple in the US, want to quiz them about.
Friend Gail Hunter, 69, said she could “no longer remain silent”, speaking out in support of Mrs Sacoolas but in doing so provided new details about the accident close to RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.
The pal, who has known the spy since she was 13-years-old, also attacked UK emergency services for their handling of Harry.
Penning a letter to her local paper, she said: “The record needs to be set straight with the facts.
“Anne was involved in an automobile accident while exiting the USAF Base in the U.K. with her two young children the evening of August 27, 2019.
“She had been living in the country for about a month and pulled out onto the wrong side of the road.
“The claim that Anne left the scene is patently false. She did everything she could to help Harry Dunn, stopping a motorist to call for help and calling the Air Force Base herself.”
She then reveals: “Anne was at the scene of the accident, as was her husband, when the ambulance arrived 42 minutes later – an appalling delay in medical care compounded by another hour delay before he was admitted to the hospital where he later died – and remained at the scene until officials told her to leave.”
It is the first time anyone has revealed Mr Sacoolas, who, like his wife, is also a US spy, attended the scene.
Because of his role, Mrs Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity after a 1994 special deal was put in place between the UK and the US, giving staff and their families based at RAF Croughton diplomatic immunity.
As a result Northamptonshire Police were planning to get Mrs Sacoolas to sign a ‘waiver of diplomatic immunity’ – but she, her husband and their children fled on a private jet just weeks after the fatal crash.
Usually, diplomatic immunity only covers those diplomats and their dependents based in London.
It is thought Mr Sacoolas did not witness the crash but was called to it by his wife.
Hunter, from Mrs Sacoolas’s hometown of Aiken, South Carolina, said of the alleged killer: “Anne and her children will live with this tragedy for the rest of their lives.
“While I grieve for Harry Dunn, I also grieve for Anne with the harassment, threats and hate she has suffered.
“What happened here was not a criminal act, it was a tragic accident. And accidents can happen to any of us as well.”
Mrs Sacoolas allegedly killed Harry in a road crash outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27, 2019.
She was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, but an initial extradition request submitted by the Home Office was rejected by then US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in January last year.
Hunter hit out after anger in Aiken grew over Mrs Sacoolas’s refusal to return to the UK to face justice.
Local Marion Pierce said: “This cowardly woman ran for home claiming ‘diplomatic immunity.’
“Surely diplomatic immunity does not apply to homicide.
“Besides, this woman is not a diplomat. She is a diplomat’s wife. This was not a minor incident that she can brush away so easily.
“Trying to get away with this crime is unconscionable.
“Justice must be done. The U.S. needs to ship her back to England to face the courts.”
Referring to previous President Donald Trump’s refusal to send Mrs Sacoolas back, Pierce added: “Trump’s response was that Americans have a hard time driving on the left side of the road.
“What a lame excuse that was from the president. If people can’t drive on the left side of the road in a country where the track goes on the left side of the road, they shouldn’t drive.”