In the latest development in the case of tragic teenager Harry Dunn, a court in Virginia (USA) has heard evidence that the suspect in Harry’s death may have been “distracted by her mobile phone” moments before the crash.
Court documents submitted by Harry’s parents claim suspect Anne Sacoolas has been “evasive, non-responsive and inconsistent” about her phone usage on the day of the fatal crash on August 27, 2019.
Sacoolas – who is believed to be a CIA officer – crashed into Harry’s motorbike moments after she left RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, where her husband Jonathan worked for a US intelligence agency.
At the time of the crash Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road. Despite being charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with causing death by dangerous driving, Sacoolas refuses to return to the UK to face the British criminal justice system.
The latest court documents were submitted by the Dunn family’s representatives in opposition to a motion by US government lawyers to suppress the employment details of suspect Sacoolas on national security grounds.
The documents state no calls or texts were found on Sacoolas’ SIM card on the day of the crash, but by stark contrast call records were found for the day before and day after.
The documents claim this "raises the possibility that Ms Sacoolas was distracted by her mobile telephone... and establishes that relevant phone data was deleted".
If Sacoolas is found to have deleted mobile phone data it could intensify the aggravating features of her offense as it proves she was using her phone when she crashed into Harry’s motorbike.
Currently under the British criminal justice system the offense of causing death by dangerous driving can attract a custodial sentence of up to 14 years.