U.S. diplo­mat’s wife leaves UK over traf­fic crash fall­out

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Second Front -

LON­DON ( AP) — The wife of an Amer­i­can diplo­mat has left the coun­try af­ter re­port­edly be­com­ing a sus­pect in a fa­tal traf­fic ac­ci­dent.

Po­lice in Northamp­ton­shire said Sat­ur­day they had been treat­ing an uniden­ti­fied 42-year-old woman as a sus­pect and that she had in­di­cated she didn’t plan to leave Bri­tain.

The woman has been widely de­scribed across Bri­tish me­dia as the wife of a U.S. diplo­mat.

Po­lice said they were pre­par­ing to ar­rest and for­mally in­ter­view the woman, who has not been of­fi­cially named.

The ac­ci­dent on Aug. 27 killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn af­ter his mo­tor­cy­cle col­lided with a car near RAF Croughton, a Bri­tish mil­i­tary base near Ox­ford that’s home to a sig­nals in­tel­li­gence sta­tion op­er­ated by the U.S. Air Force.

The U.S. Embassy in Lon­don of­fered its “deep­est sym­pa­thies” to the fam­ily of the de­ceased and said it will con­tinue to be in “close con­tact” with the ap­pro­pri­ate Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties.

“Any ques­tions re­gard­ing a waiver of the im­mu­nity with re­gard to our diplo­mats and their fam­ily mem­bers overseas in a case like this re­ceive in­tense at­ten­tion at se­nior lev­els and are con­sid­ered care­fully given the global im­pact such de­ci­sions carry,” a U.S. Embassy spokesper­son said.

Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Do­minic Raab said he called the U.S. Am­bas­sador to ex­press the U.K.’s dis­ap­point­ment.

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