Anne Sacoolas is the wife of the U.S. diplomat, Jonathan Sacoolas. She fled from the United Kingdom after a 19-year old boy, Harry Dunn was hit by her car near the Royal Air Force Station at Croughton, Northamptonshire in the U.K.
Her real name is Anne Elizabeth Goodwin. She was born in 1977 (age: 42 years, as in 2019) in South Carolina, USA. She received her primary education from South Aiken High School, Aiken, South Carolina. For her higher education, she enrolled at the University of South Carolina and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has also worked at the US State Department in Washington.
In 2003, she married Jonathan Sacoolas, when they were working together in Washington.
The couple has three children. Her husband is a diplomat who was based at RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire, England until September 2019.
Harry Dunn’s Accident Controversy
On August 27, 2019, Sacoolas was driving in Croughton on the wrong side. All of sudden, her car hit and ran over a 19- year old motorcyclist, Harry Dunn. Sacoolas escaped the spot instantly. Dunn sustained multiple injuries and was hospitalized in John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he died a short time later.
Soon after the accident, she claimed diplomatic immunity and left the U.K.; fearing possible charges of causing death by dangerous driving. When the matter got highlighted in the media, Harry’s mother, Charlotte Charles requested the Prime Minister, Borris Johnson to call President Donald Trump regarding this matter.
The government of the United Kingdom is pressurizing the United States to waive the immunity and send Sacoolas back to face charges. The US State Department told that diplomatic immunity is “rarely waived.” The Guardian
On December 21, 2019, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government would press the United States “at every level” in the case. When asked whether Sacoolas should be extradited to the UK to face charges, Johnson said:
I think the best that I can say there is that the law should take its course and we will be obviously following that case with keen interest and continuing to make representations on behalf of Harry Dunn’s family at every level.”
A day before Johnson’s comment, Sacoolas’ lawyer Amy Jeffress had said that while her client was “devastated” by the accident, she would not return voluntarily to the UK. She said,
We have been working with the UK authorities in an effort to resolve this matter. Today we were informed that the Crown Prosecution Service has decided to bring a prosecution for wrongful death by dangerous driving, and the UK government may seek extradition.”
Following Jeffress’ statement, a spokesperson for Harry Dunn’s parents called it “deeply disturbing,” and accused Jeffress of attempting to undermine the UK’s legal system.
After a lengthy campaign, on December 21, 2019, the Crown Prosecution Service authorized Northamptonshire Police to charge Anne Sacoolas with causing death by dangerous driving. Chief Crown Prosecutor Janine Smith said in a statement,
The parents of Harry Dunn were overcome with emotion upon learning of the move to charge Sacoolas in their son’s death. They said,
- Anne and Jonathan Sacoolas own a home in Fairfax County, Virginia. They purchased the house in the Vienna area for $770,000 in 2015.
- As per their (Sacoolas couple) public records, they are both Republicans.
- Her husband Jonathan Sacoolas originally belonged to Salem, Oregon. He also attended the University of South Carolina and earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.
- Dunn’s family has also appealed directly to President Donald Trump.
“President Trump, please listen. We’re a family in ruin. We’re broken,” the family said in a statement. “We can’t grieve. Please, please let her get back on a plane.”
- Dunn’s family has also created a Facebook page called “Justice 4 Harry” to spread awareness to curb this type of incident in the future.
- They also initiated a program, “GoFundMe” to use the money to change such law. According to Dunn’s mother, Mrs. Charles,
If we don’t get justice we’ll try and use money to get the law changed so people can’t kill and go away.”